Choose Duke Heart Center for your aortic disease treatment because we offer:
U.S. News and World Report ranks Duke Heart Center among the best in the nation, based on our patients’ survival rates, the number of procedures we perform, and the quality of our support services.
Excellent Patient Outcomes
We do a large number of complex surgeries to repair aortas — more than most U.S. centers — and use advanced monitoring of the central nervous system to protect your spinal cord during surgery. As a result, our surgical complication rates for complex aortic procedures, including risk of infection and re-hospitalization, are lower than the national average.
Simpler, Safer Treatments
Whenever possible, we avoid open-heart surgery and use less invasive techniques to access and repair the aorta. When needed, we can combine these techniques with traditional open heart surgery to give high-risk patients more options.
Novel Surgical Techniques for Rare Genetic Conditions
We developed novel surgical approaches to manage the risk of aortic dissection in patients with Loeys-Dietz Syndrome, a rare genetic condition that greatly increases the risk of an aortic aneurysm.
Our medical team provides ongoing management of your aortic disease to ensure you live the best life possible. Our cardiac rehabilitation program will assess your individual needs, and develop a comprehensive follow-up plan that may include exercise and nutrition counseling, as well as cholesterol and blood pressure management.
Genetic Screening and Counseling
Our genetic heart disease program offers genetic testing and counseling to patients who have a family history or have been diagnosed with an inherited heart condition including aneurysms and congenital heart defects.