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​​Call our Patient Transfer Center at 214.820.6444
​​from anywhere in the DFW Metroplex for patients presenting with acute aortic dissections and other thoracic aortic emergencies.

Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm & Disease

The Thoracic Aortic Disease Center is one of the few of its kind in the state. Under the medical direction of a leading thoracic surgeon, the center offers referring physicians and their patients valuable expertise in the area of thoracic aortic diagnosis and treatment.

Referring physicians have the opportunity to send patients for clinical evaluation of various thoracic aortic symptoms, including possible recommended therapy for:

  • Thoracic aortic aneurysms
  • Thoracoabdominal aneurysms
  • Acute Type A and B dissections
  • Penetrating aortic ulcers
  • Intramural hematoma

Until recently, thoracic aortic disease was diagnosed only after an emergency occurred, with limited treatment options. Using advanced technology and innovative imaging techniques, the disease can now be detected earlier in the disease process, allowing for:

  • Application of medical management therapies prior to considering surgical intervention
  • Reduction of number of patients requiring surgery
  • Expansion of options for surgical candidates
  • Reduction of acute events and complications
  • Improvement of both the quality of care and long-term results
  • Utilization in advanced techniques beneficial for patient safety and improved outcomes

The Thoracic Aortic Disease Center works in conjunction with Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano to provide surgical intervention for aortic cases.

Physicians: Do You Have a Patient at Risk for a Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm?

Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm (TAA) may not cause symptoms, making an initial diagnosis difficult. Questioning patients about their lifestyle and family medical history can improve the chances of early detection. Because family medical history is important, cardiovascular genetic screenings are also available in the Thoracic Aortic Disease Center and include recommendations on course of action. Look for more details on genetic testing by visiting our Inherited Cardiovascular Disease Clinic »

Screening for a Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm

Screening should be considered for patients with certain risk factors, such as:

  • Atherosclerosis
  • Advanced age
  • Current or former tobacco use
  • Hypertension
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Family history of TAA
  • Connective tissue disorders such as Marfan syndrome
  • Syphilis
  • Trauma, such as injuries from falls or motor vehicle accidents

Screening should also be considered for patients with symptoms such as:

  • Pain in the jaw, neck, upper back, or shoulder
  • Chest pain
  • Coughing, hoarseness or difficulty swallowing or breathing
  • Swelling in the neck

Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm may appear in a routine chest x-ray. TAAs should be further evaluated by CT scan, intravascular ultrasound, diagnostic angiogram or transesophageal echocardiogram.

Imaging services provided on-site in the Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Care offer patients convenience and prompt diagnostic results that can detect the presence of Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm.

Meet the Physicians Treating Thoracic Aortic Disease »


Call 469.814.3480 to refer to the
CACC in Plano or McKinney.

Call 1.855.220.0887 to refer to the
Comprehensive Wound & Vascular Center in Denton.


Thoracic Aortic Emergent Patient Transfer | For patients presenting with acute aortic dissections and other thoracic aortic emergencies, call our Patient Transfer Center at 214.820.6444 from anywhere across the DFW Metroplex and beyond. 

The team of surgeons on our medical staff, along with our nursing staff, will go into immediate action to transport the patient to either Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano or Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas.