Beaumont's leading Michigan cardiovascular center offers all the latest and most advanced surgical treatments including minimally invasive surgery for the treatment of aortic disease. Beaumont's Aortic Aneurysm and Dissection Clinic, located in Royal Oak, specializes in treating patients with high-risk aortic disease due to its location, size or the patient's medical condition. In one visit, patients receive a complete, expedited evaluation by a team of cardiovascular surgeons, including imaging and laboratory testing, and they leave with a recommended treatment plan. The clinic also offers genetic testing and counseling for family members of patients with inherited diseases, such as Marfan syndrome, that place them at high risk for aortic aneurysm or dissection.
In addition to traditional open heart surgeries, Beaumont cardiovascular surgeons were among the first in Michigan to treat thoracic aortic aneurysms with a minimally invasive procedure called an endovascular stent graft. In this procedure, thin tubes called catheters are inserted inside the aorta through small incisions in the groin. The catheters are used to guide a device called a stent graft to the aortic aneurysm to reinforce the weakness in the aorta wall and seal off the aneurysm. This allows blood to pass through the aorta without pushing on the aneurysm, protecting it from rupture.
Patients with small, slow-growing aortic aneurysms require close monitoring with annual CT scans. For these patients, Beaumont offers low-dose radiation CT scanning that significantly reduces their risk of radiation exposure from repeat CT scans.
Beaumont's leading Michigan cardiovascular centers include:
- heart surgeons
- vascular surgeons
- medical geneticists and counselor
- nurse navigator who assists patients with scheduling testing and follow-up care
The Aortic Aneurysm and Dissection Clinic is part of the Ernst Cardiovascular Center in Michigan, dedicated to providing innovative and collaborative approaches for the treatment of the most complex heart and vascular conditions.