An aortic dissection develops when the wall of the aorta is torn, causing blood to build up between the inner and outer layers of the artery, states MedlinePlus. An aortic dissection can also cause a harmful blockage, pr... More » Health Conditions & Diseases Cardiac Health

Tomislav Mihaljevic, M.D., and Lars Svensson, M.D., Ph.D., are heart surgeons who specialize in aortic valve repair at Cleveland Clinic as of 2015, according to their biographies on the clinic's website. Thoralf M. Sundt... More » Health Conditions & Diseases Cardiac Health

Aortic tears are repaired by replacing the damaged area of the aorta with an artificial graft during surgery, reports Damage extending to the aortic valve often requires the valve to be surgically repair... More » Health Conditions & Diseases

According to HealthCentral, the artery that runs from the heart to supply blood to the rest of the body is the aorta. Many forces in the body cause the aorta to weaken, and as it weakens, it becomes enlarged. Enlarged ao... More »

A tortuous aorta happens when the largest artery in the body twists in an unnatural and potentially dangerous way, according to InnovateUs. This twisting causes the organs of the body to receive less oxygen and fewer nut... More » Health Conditions & Diseases Cardiac Health

When there is a tear in the aorta, before or during surgery, blood flowing through the aorta causes the inner and middle layers of the vessel to separate, explains Mayo Clinic. If the tear ultimately ruptures the outside... More » Health Conditions & Diseases Cardiac Health

A small heart or aortic aneurysm, which is a bulge that develops on the wall of the aorta, can be treated with medications like beta-blockers and calcium channel blockers for underlying causes of the problem that can inc... More » Health Conditions & Diseases Cardiac Health