Aortic Center

The Aortic Center at The University of Tennessee Medical Center is East Tennessee’s referral center for abdominal aortic aneurysm and thoracic aortic aneurysm care.

What Sets the Aortic Center Apart?

Our regional referral practice is designed to provide easy and timely access for the evaluation and treatment of aortic aneurysms and other abnormalities of the aorta. The center combines unique resources with experienced specialists that provide compassionate care to patients. Our team of surgeons and clinical staff work closely together to ensure the best possible treatment for patients. As the region’s preferred hospital for the treatment of aortic disorders we strive to set the standard for quality care. Program highlights that allow the Aortic Center to provide unsurpassed leadership in the care of patients with aneurismal disease include:

  • The regions only Level 1 Trauma Center
  • UT LIFESTAR Aeromedical Services for rapid patient transport and stabilization
  • Auto-acceptance protocols for aortic emergencies
  • Highly experienced cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons
  • Coordinated approach to care from screening to treatment
  • Comprehensive diagnostic testing

The Aortic Center offers treatment for emergent and non-emergent diseases of the aorta such as:

  • Acute aortic injuries
  • Aortic dissections
  • Aortic arch aneurysms
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Ascending aortic aneurysms
  • Descending aortic aneurysms
  • Iliac and visceral aneurysms
  • Pseudoaneurysms of the aorta
  • Marfan’s Syndrome

What Are Aortic Aneurysms?

Aortic aneurysms are weakened blood vessels. They get their name because they occur most often in the aorta. The aorta is the main artery of the chest and abdomen. It carries blood from the heart to all parts of the body.

As the wall weakens part of the blood vessel balloons. The aneurysm may grow larger and eventually rupture if it is not diagnosed and treated.

Less than 25 percent of people will survive if their aneurysm ruptures.

Risk Factors for Aortic Aneurysms

  • Men and women with a family history of aortic aneurysms
  • Men older than 60 years of age
  • Tobacco use
  • History of heart or peripheral artery disease
  • High blood pressure

Symptoms to Watch Out For

  • Chest, abdominal, back or side pain. Severe sudden pain may indicate an imminent rupture or dissection.
  • A rhythmic, pulsating feeling in the abdomen like a heartbeat
  • Coldness, numbness or tingling in the feet or hands

If you have any of these risk factors or additional concerns, please contact us at the number above.

Contact Info
University Vascular Surgeons
1940 Alcoa Highway, Suite E-120
Knoxville, TN 37920
865-305-8040 Find a Doctor Make an Appointment
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