About the Aortic Program


The aorta is your largest blood vessel. It carries blood to almost every part of the body. If you have a disease that affects the aorta, you could be at risk for serious health problems. You need treatment from a doctor who specializes in aortic disease.

The Aortic Program web pages tell you about aortic care at the OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute. This includes your treatment options, what to expect at your first appointment and more

Our services include

  • Medical monitoring of aortic aneurysms—An aneurysm is a bulge in the wall of an aorta. It can burst and cause serious problems or even death. So, even if an aneurysm does not need treatment right away, doctors check it regularly to protect your health. You might also need medication. Learn more about medical monitoring.
  • Aortic aneurysm surgery—Surgery to repair a bulge in the wall of an aorta. Learn more about aneurysm surgery.
  • Aortic dissection surgery—When there is a small tear in the aortic wall, you may be at risk. This tear can be treated with medical imaging or surgery.
  • Endovascular repair of complex aortic aneurysms—An “endovascular repair” is a procedure done inside a blood vessel. It is a newer way to treat aneurysms than traditional surgery. There are several types of endovascular repair, and the doctors in OHSU’s Aortic Program are experienced with all of them. Learn more about endovascular repair.

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