The aorta carries oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the rest of your body. It is the body’s most important artery. When you have an aortic condition or disease, you need expert care. Our experienced cardiac and vascular surgeons collaborate with all the Emory Healthcare specialists you need to give you advanced, personalized care.
Comprehensive Care for the Pulse of Your Life
What is the Aorta?
The aorta is the body’s largest artery. It delivers nourishing blood. The aorta is divided into different parts:
- Thoracic aorta. The section of the aorta within the chest wall. The thoracic aorta is divided into three segments: ascending aorta, aortic arch, and the descending thoracic aorta.
- Abdominal aorta. The part of the aorta located in your abdomen.
Aortic Center Services
At the Emory Aortic Center, we provide seamless, coordinated care for all aortic disease, including complex cases that involve other conditions. We provide preventive diagnostic and screening tests and ongoing care and management.
Your treatment options depend on your condition and the part of the aorta impacted. Our team meets your individual needs with advanced and innovative treatment.
We are one of the nation’s busiest referral centers for treating aortic aneurysms that occur anywhere along the full length of the aorta. Other conditions we care for include:
- Aortic dissection
- Aortoiliac occlusive disease
- Infected aortas
Some of our specialized treatments include:
- Aortic endografts, standard and complex
- Aortic root replacements
- Complex re-operative procedures
- Endografts for aortic dissections
- Stents and grafts that branch out into other important arteries (juxtarenal and pararenal grafts)
- Total arch replacements
- Valve-sparing root replacements
Beyond Standard Care
Our pioneering surgeons constantly research new aortic devices and treatments. This lets us manage aortic conditions we couldn’t treat in the past.
Emory Healthcare is part of an academic medical center that includes Emory University School of Medicine. This means you get access to up-to-the-minute treatments and the opportunity to take part in a research study or clinical trial.
The Aortic Center is participating in nine different aortic trials. If your surgeon thinks you qualify for one of these studies, a research nurse will guide you through the process.
Here’s an example of how research improves care for you. In 2012, Emory vascular surgeon Yazan Duwayri, MD, performed Georgia’s first implantation of an FDA-approved fenestrated endovascular graft. The graft is a minimally invasive treatment that greatly improves care for abdominal aortic aneurysms that involve the renal arteries
Make an Appointment with Emory Aortic Center
To make an appointment, please call 404-778-7777.