An aortic aneurysm is an abnormal bulge that occurs in the wall of the major blood vessel (aorta) that carries blood from your heart to your vital organs.

  • Experience. Mayo Clinic doctors trained in blood vessel conditions, blood vessel surgery (vascular and endovascular surgeons), and heart and blood vessel surgery (cardiovascular surgeons), and others have experience evaluating and treating aortic aneurysms. Each Mayo Clinic location offers a vascular center, staffed by doctors and other specialists trained in vascular diseases.
  • Team approach. Mayo Clinic doctors work together to diagnose and treat your condition.
  • Efficient system. Mayo Clinic doctors evaluate your condition and develop a treatment plan, often within a few days.
  • Latest diagnostic tools. Mayo Clinic doctors use detailed imaging tests to accurately diagnose aortic aneurysms. Tests may include echocardiography, computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and others.
  • Treatment expertise. Mayo Clinic doctors have expertise treating people who have aortic aneurysms, using endovascular surgery, open surgery and other options.
  • Research leader. Mayo Clinic doctors study new and potential treatments for aortic aneurysms and conduct clinical trials

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Mayo Clinic doctors trained in vascular medicine, vascular and endovascular surgery, cardiovascular diseases, cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, and radiology treat people who have aortic aneurysms at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Doctors in the Vascular Center care for people who have aortic aneurysms.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 800-446-2279 (toll-free) 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

Mayo Clinic doctors trained in vascular medicine, vascular and endovascular surgery, cardiovascular diseases, cardiothoracic surgery and radiology treat people who have aortic aneurysms at Mayo Clinic in Florida. Doctors and surgeons in the Vascular Center care for people who have aortic aneurysms.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 904-953-0853 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

Mayo Clinic doctors trained in vascular medicine, vascular surgery, cardiovascular diseases, cardiovascular surgery and radiology treat people who have aortic aneurysms at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Staff in the Gonda Vascular Center cares for people who have aortic aneurysms.

For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 507-538-3270 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.

See information on patient services at the three Mayo Clinic locations, including transportation options and lodging.

Mayo Clinic doctors trained in blood vessel conditions, blood vessel surgery (vascular surgeons), heart surgery (cardiovascular surgeons), heart conditions (cardiovascular specialists), and others treat all types of aortic aneurysms and other vascular diseases. Aortic aneurysms may be tube-shaped (fusiform) or round (saccular).

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm. An abdominal aortic aneurysm occurs along the part of the aorta that passes through the abdomen.
  • Dissecting aneurysm. A dissecting aneurysm, or aortic dissection, occurs when a tear develops in the inner layer of the wall of the aorta. This causes the layers of the wall of the aorta to separate, which weakens the wall of the aorta.
  • Thoracic aortic aneurysm. A thoracic aortic aneurysm occurs along the part of the aorta that passes through the chest cavity.

Read more about abdominal aortic aneurysm, aortic dissection and thoracic aortic aneurysm.

Mayo Clinic doctors trained in blood vessel conditions (vascular diseases), blood vessel surgery (vascular surgery), heart and blood vessel surgery (cardiovascular surgery), heart and blood vessel conditions (cardiovascular diseases), and other areas research new and improved diagnosis and treatment options for aortic aneurysms.

Publications

See a list of publications by Mayo authors on aortic aneurysm on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

Read about advances in abdominal aortic aneurysm treatment and endovascular stent graft repair of thoracic aortic aneurysms.

Aug. 31, 2011