Westchester Heart & Vascular's Aortic Aneurysm team has performed over 250 cases of aortic surgery, spanning the spectrum of aortic procedures, including valve-sparing root replacements, full aortic arch replacements, using hypothermic circulatory arrest, thoracoabdominal replacements and many re-operative procedures. We are rapidly becoming a referral center for acute aortic dissections for the entire Hudson Valley and northern metropolitan New York City region. Our team has performed over roughly 90 repairs for acute dissection, with very high survival rates.
Westchester Medical Center is one of the region's leaders in the treatment of aortic disease, aortic aneurysm, and aortic dissection. Our comprehensive diagnosis, treatment and follow-up program has been consistently favorably ranked both regionally and nationally
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The aorta is the main blood vessel in the human body. As blood is pumped from the heart, it passes across the aortic valve, and then through the aorta, where it is then distributed through a system of smaller arteries. The aorta first leaves the heart and brings blood toward the head as the ascending aorta. As the aorta turns towards the left side of the body, it gives off branches to the upper body and the brain as the aortic arch. The aorta next travels down the chest, where it is called the descending aorta. The descending aorta continues through the abdomen as the abdominal aorta, where it supplies the abdominal organs before dividing to provide arteries for each leg.