The aorta is the main blood vessel in the body, whose branches carry blood from the heart to all of the organs. Aortic disease is characterized by blockages or enlargement of the aorta that can impact blood flow.
The Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Aortic Disease Program is unique in the Gulf region for offering a complete array of services, from diagnosis to treatment, to longer term care, for patients with aortic disease.
Many patients with aortic disease are symptom-free. Aortic disease is often discovered during testing for other conditions. However, if a patient has enlargement or narrowing of a blood vessel that affects blood flow, they may experience pain in the affected part of the body.
The most common aortic diseases are:
The Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Aortic Disease Program aims to detect aortic diseases as early as possible in order to help improve the quality of life and life expectancy of the patient.
Diagnosis of Aortic Disease
In order to diagnose aortic disease, physicians use various diagnostic tests, such as:
While all of these tests are important, CT scans are the main diagnostic tool. They can provide physicians with insight into the nature of the problem and the extent to which it has progressed.
Treatment of Aortic Disease
Once aortic disease is detected, patients require long-term medical management to ensure the disease does not progress. The multidisciplinary team will determine the best course of treatment. Treatment may consist of surgery, or a minimally invasive procedure to insert a stent.
This multidisciplinary team maintains the patient’s care during the entire treatment process: from admission to discharge, as well as long-term ambulatory care.
The Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi multidisciplinary aortic team includes specialists from the hospital’s Heart & Vascular Institute and Imaging Institute. Caregivers involved in patient care for this program are:
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