Aortic Disease

The University of Michigan has a long history of treating aortic disease. We began our aortic program in 1995, focusing on heart valve disease at a time when other heart programs were focusing on coronary artery disease. Aside from their own research, our leading cardiac surgeons and specialists are continually invited and named principal investigators on implantable heart valve investigational trials. Specialists at the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center provide treatment and therapy for all types of aortic disease: 

Aortic Program Services

  • Medical management of patients with heart failure resulting from aortic valve disease
  • Surgical options for aortic aneurysm, both open surgery and endovascular (minimally or non-invasive) treatments
  • Minimally invasive endovascular aortic stenting
  • Long-term care of patients with aneurysms for dissections, particularly management of hypertension and other associated cardiovascular disease

Why Choose Michigan for Aortic Disease Treatment?

We don't just offer hope for aortic disease. We offer innovative treatments and one of the lowest mortality rates in the country. At the University of Michigan, we bring together a team of specialists from six different areas to deliver a truly innovative treatment plan for better patient care. Our aortic experts meet after each patient evaluation to formulate the best comprehensive plan, which could include an intervention, surgery and/or medical approach. Here are some things we want our patients to know about our aortic disease program:

  • Our mortality rates are among the lowest in the country, even after factoring in the high volume of complex cases we handle.
  • Our program is in the top 5 nationally in terms of the number of patients we have treated for ascending aortic disease (aortic root with arch aneurysms) based on Medicare data.
  • We have close to two decades of experience with fenestrated grafting (a stent that helps with blood flow).
  • Our surgeons maintain one of the largest practices in North America for patients with aortic disease. And we have the largest regional experience with cutting-edge procedures to treat this disease.

Improved Treatment Options Through Research

In addition to providing the best treatment possible, we are also forging the way for new and improved treatment options for aortic disease. The University of Michigan is home to the International Registry of Aortic Dissection (IRAD), multiple research laboratories and clinical trials. Through research, we are working to understand how this disease occurs so we can focus our efforts on early detection and intervention.

  • The University of Michigan is one of about 10 programs in the country with a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded basic science research lab focused on aortic disease.
  • Involved in complex aortic endovascular clinical trials as well as basic research to understand how aneurysms occur so that we can find ways to prevent and medically manage this disease.
  • Through IRAD,, the University of Michigan houses and manages the International Registry of Aortic Dissection to help us understand more about this aspect of aortic disease. Experts review the registry data and look for trends in this disease process.
  • The University of Michigan has recently established a Bicuspid Aortic Valve registry and is looking at patients with this congenital disease to identify its long-term effects.

Patient Resources

Below is a selected list of patient information guides in PDF format. To view a list of all guides, visit our Cardiovascular Patient Information Guides page or visit the cardiovascular section of the Michigan Medicine Care Guides website.

Make an Appointment

To schedule an appointment to discuss your aortic disease or any other cardiovascular condition, call us at 888-287-1082 or visit our Make a Cardiovascular Appointment page, where you may fill out a Patient Appointment Request Form and view other details about making an appointment.