The aorta is the largest blood vessel in the body. It delivers oxygenated blood from the heart to the rest of the body. An aortic aneurysm is a bulging, weakened area in the wall of the aorta. Over time, the blood vessel balloons and is at risk for bursting (rupture) or separating (dissection). This can cause life threatening bleeding and potentially death. Learn more >
Angioplasty and stenting is a procedure to improve the blood flow in an artery or vein. It involves threading a thin tube with a balloon at its tip through the artery to the blocked portion. The balloon is inflated opening up the artery. A tiny mesh tube called a stent may be put into this area. It is left in place to help keep the artery open. Learn more >
Carotid endarterectomy (CEA) is a surgical treatment for carotid artery disease. The
carotid arteries are the main blood vessels that carry oxygen and blood to the brain. In
carotid artery disease, these arteries become narrowed. This reduces blood flow to the brain
and could cause a stroke. Learn more >
Cardioversion is a procedure used to return an abnormal heartbeat to a normal rhythm.
This procedure is used when the heart is beating very fast or irregular. This is called
an arrhythmia. In chemical cardioversion, medicines are used to get the heart back
to a normal rhythm. It is different from electrical cardioversion. This is where an
energy shock is used to bring back a normal heart rhythm.
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Endovascular Repair of an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Endovascular repair is a type of treatment for an abdominal aortic aneurysm, or AAA. This is a bulge in the wall of the large artery below your heart that is at risk for rupture. During the procedure, the weak section of the aorta is treated to prevent it from tearing. Learn more >