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 medical specialists have experience evaluating and treating thoracic aortic aneurysms and other types of aneurysms.
This team works together to provide you with whole-person care and to develop a lifelong management plan individualized to your condition and medical needs. This means that you're not getting just one opinion — you benefit from the knowledge and experience of each specialist on the multidisciplinary team. This collaborative approach means doctors can often evaluate you and develop an individualized treatment plan within two or three days.
If your aneurysm is caused by an inherited condition, such as Marfan syndrome, or by a condition that involves parts of your body in addition to the aorta, Mayo Clinic cardiovascular doctors collaborate with specialists such as spine and eye doctors.
Advanced diagnosis and treatment
At Mayo Clinic, imaging and other tests are evaluated by experienced cardiac specialists who interpret and synthesize the results. Mayo Clinic doctors use the most current imaging tests available to accurately diagnose thoracic aortic aneurysms and determine whether and what type of surgery is appropriate for your condition.
Tests may include echocardiography, computerized tomography (CT) angiogram, magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA) and other tests. Genetic specialists may order genetic tests.
Mayo Clinic maintains state-of-the-art laboratory and imaging facilities. The thoracic specialists use this advanced technology and sophisticated imaging equipment to obtain detailed information and images to make a diagnosis.
March 05, 2020
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