Heart & Vascular Center

Aortic Aneurysms

An aortic aneursym is an abnormal bulge in the wall of the aorta, the body's largest artery. Aneurysms often cause no symptoms, but they can be life-threatening if they get too large and rupture or burst.

Aortic Aneurysms

The Aortic Institute at Yale-New Haven Hospital is a multidisciplinary specialty center dedicated to the care of patients with medical and surgical conditions that affect the aorta. 

Our team of cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiologists, vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists and diagnostic radiologists monitor aneurysm activity, screen family members and perform surgery and stent grafting for large aneurysms.

Some of our clinical research findings have been groundbreaking as in the study of how ascending aortic aneurysms can prevent arteriosclerosis and in the connection between weightlifting and aortic dissection.

For more information

To schedule an appointment or refer a patient, call 203-785-2705.

Making the right call


NFL referee Bill Vinovich isn't easily brought down. So it was devastating in 2007 when Bill suffered a life-threatening heart condition, acute aortic dissection. Though he survived, his career seemed over.

A silent stalker

News & InsightsScientific evidence gathered at Yale and elsewhere demonstrates that certain inherited genetic mutations lie behind the presence of thoracic aortic aneurysms (TAA) in many individuals. To learn more read the Aortic Institute's News & Insights newsletter.


A Woman's Heat: An Owner's Guide
by John A. Elefteriades, MD and 
Teresa Caulin-Glaser, MD
Prometheus Books, 2009

Your Heart: An Owner's Guide
by John A. Elefteriades, MD, and
Lawrence S. Cohen, MD

Acute Aortic Disease
(Fundamental and Clinical Cardiology)
by John A. Elefteriades, MD (editor)


For information and appointments, call (203) 785-2705