Your Mayo Clinic care team
A team at Mayo Clinic
A team works together to evaluate and treat people at Mayo Clinic.
Mayo Clinic doctors trained in blood vessel conditions (vascular specialists), blood vessel surgery (vascular surgeons), heart and blood vessel surgery (cardiovascular surgeons), chest surgery (thoracic surgeons), heart and blood vessel conditions (cardiologists), imaging (radiologists), and other care providers have experience evaluating and treating thoracic aortic aneurysms and other types of aneurysms.
Mayo Clinic doctors and other care providers work together to provide you with whole-person care. This collaborative approach means health care providers can often evaluate you and develop a treatment plan within two or three days.
Your care providers will help you develop a lifelong, individualized management plan specific to your condition and medical needs. At Mayo Clinic, you're not getting just one opinion — you benefit from the knowledge and experience of each specialist on the multidisciplinary team.
For example, if an aneurysm is caused by a genetic condition such as Marfan syndrome, Mayo Clinic cardiovascular doctors collaborate with other care providers such as spine and eye doctors.
Advanced diagnosis and treatment
At Mayo Clinic, experienced care providers evaluate and interpret test results. Mayo Clinic maintains state-of-the-art laboratory and imaging facilities. Care providers at Mayo use this advanced technology and sophisticated imaging equipment to accurately diagnose thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysms and determine the type of surgery needed, if any.
Test to diagnose aortic aneurysms may include echocardiography, computerized tomography (CT) angiography, magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) and others. Genetic testing may be recommended if you have a family history of aneurysms or aneurysm rupture.
May 05, 2022
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