Aortic Center Overview

The Mayo Clinic Aortic Center is one of the premier centers for diagnosing and treating people with serious and complex aortic disease. Each year, the clinic cares for more than 9,800 people with aortic aneurysm, including those with abdominal aortic aneurysms and thoracic aortic aneurysms.

The center's team of experts includes specialists in vascular and endovascular surgery, chest surgery (thoracic surgery), heart and blood vessel conditions (cardiology), blood vessel conditions (vascular medicine), rheumatology, imaging (radiology), clinical genomics, and others as needed. These doctors and surgeons have special interest in diseases of the aorta, and they work together to provide effective, innovative care.

With Mayo Clinic's emphasis on collaborative care, specialists at each of the campuses — Minnesota, Arizona and Florida — interact very closely with colleagues at the other campuses and the Mayo Clinic Health System.

Thorough diagnostic evaluation and advanced treatment

The Aortic Center offers people with complex aortic aneurysms and dissections full multispecialty evaluation. You may undergo clinical risk assessment, imaging and genetic testing. After this comprehensive evaluation, your care team talks with you about your diagnosis and treatment options, including minimally invasive approaches. Together, you develop a plan tailored to your situation.

Very few medical centers offer the expertise, advanced diagnostic capabilities and new treatment options that are available at Mayo Clinic. The clinic has a long tradition of surgeons who perform open and endovascular techniques to treat aortic aneurysms. In the last decade, significant technological developments have broadened the treatment options to include novel endovascular stent-grafts for complex aortic problems. These advances enable doctors to use a minimally invasive approach on arteries to the head and neck, kidney, and intestines.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic campuses are nationally recognized for expertise in cardiology and cardiovascular surgery: Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester, Minn., is ranked among the Best Children's Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S.News & World Report.

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Conditions treated

Innovative research

The Aortic Center has one of the largest and most advanced endovascular research programs in the world. Its physician-scientists collaborate with industry and engineering partners to conduct clinical trials of new devices. For example, Mayo Clinic surgeons developed new stents for complex aortic aneurysms and were the first to offer this new treatment in the United States.

Mayo Clinic doctors have played a major role in the development of novel technology and serve as national or global principal investigators in many of these trials. You may want to talk with your Aortic Center doctor about whether you are eligible for a clinical trial that allows you early access to advanced technology.

Publications

See a list of publications on aortic disease by Mayo Clinic doctors on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

Active clinical studies

This group of doctors is active in clinical studies related to aortic disease.

April 21, 2022