Every year, more than 12,000 people in the United States die from aortic aneurysms. That's more people than die from AIDS. But what's more frightening is that aortic aneurysms are silent stalkers. Most people first discover they have an aneurysm while they are being tested for something else. And ruptures usually kill instantly.
Fortunately, groundbreaking research is being conducted to detect the genetic propensity for developing aortic aneurysms. The Aortic Institute at Yale-New Haven is at the forefront of these efforts. We are one of the first and largest such centers in the world for clinical care of patients with aneurysms. We are also one of the most active centers for basic science and clinical research in aortic disease.