Appointments

866.320.4573

Request an Appointment

Questions

800.223.2273

Contact us with Questions

Expand Content

Your Aorta

Aorta Anatomy

The aorta is the large artery that carries oxygen-rich blood from the left ventricle of the heart to other parts of the body.

Thoracoabdominal Aorta (Descending and Abdominal Aorta)

Thoracoabdominal Aorta (Descending and Abdominal Aorta)


Aorta in the Body

Aorta in the body

Aorta in the Body - Side View

Aorta in the body-side view

Aortic Valve and Root

Aortic Valve and Root

Aortic Aneurysm and Aortic Dissection

Aortic Aneurysm and Aortic Dissection

An aortic aneurysm is an abnormal enlargement or bulging of the wall of the aorta. An aneurysm can occur anywhere in the vascular tree. Once and aneurysm is diagnosed, treatment may be needed, depending on the size of the aneurysm. Ruptured aneurysms require emergency surgery to stop the bleeding.

Aortic Aneurysm and Aortic Dissection

The aorta has many layers. Aortic dissection is a tear that develops in the inner layer of the aorta, causing blood to flow between the layers. The layers then separate, interrupting the blood flow and possibly causing the arterial wall to burst. Aortic dissection can be a life-threatening emergency, in some situations requiring emergency surgery to repair or replace the damaged segment of the aorta.

Talk to a Nurse: Mon. - Fri., 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. (ET)

Call a Heart & Vascular Nurse locally 216.445.9288 or toll-free 866.289.6911.

Schedule an Appointment

Toll-free 800.659.7822

This information is provided by Cleveland Clinic and is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or health care provider. Please consult your health care provider for advice about a specific medical condition.

© Copyright 2014 Cleveland Clinic. All rights reserved.

HealthHub from Cleveland Clinic

Read the Latest from Our Experts About cctopics » Heart & Vascular Health
After Heart Surgery, This Ordinary Drug Could Be Right for Your Chest Pain
11/26/14 8:00 a.m.
You might expect to have some pain in your chest after heart surgery. But if you have chest pain and several other symptoms, there’s a common problem that may be to blame. ...
by Joseph F. Sabik III, MD
Low-Carb Eating May Be Best for Weight Loss, Heart Health
11/25/14 6:00 a.m.
If you’re looking for a heart-healthy weight-loss diet to try, it appears that low-carbohydrate might be more e...
Thanksgiving Dinner: Serve This, Not That (Infographic)
11/24/14 10:05 a.m.
Thanksgiving dinner is the ultimate family feast. Overeating turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, glaze...
High Blood Pressure? Don’t Take Vitamin D for It (Video)
11/20/14 8:31 a.m.
Sellers of vitamin D claim the nutrient can lower your blood pressure. But don’t believe the hype. Despite clai...
When Your Heart Stents Narrow, Brachytherapy Can Help
11/19/14 8:22 a.m.
Cardiac stents are an effective, nonsurgical way of holding a narrowed or blocked artery open to increase blood...