Heart & Vascular Center

Aortic Institute

An aortic aneursym is an abnormal bulge in the wall of the aorta, the body's largest artery. Each year, approximately 15,000 people in the United States die from aortic aneurysms. Aneurysms are a serious health risk because they can burst or rupture.

Aortic Institute

The Aortic Institute at Yale-New Haven Hospital is a multidisciplinary specialty center dedicated to the clinical care of patients with medical and surgical conditions that affect the aorta. Clinical research spans over a decade and includes thousands of patient cases. Some clinical findings have been groundbreaking, as the studies of ascending aortic aneurysm preventing arteriosclerosis and the connection between weight lifting and aortic dissection. The medical team is composed of cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiologists, vascular surgeons, interventional radiologists and diagnostic radiologists. Services include cardiac transplant, screening of family members and monitoring of aneurysm activity.

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)


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