Aortic dissection is a serious condition in which the inner layer of the aorta tears and allows blood to flow in between tissue layers of the aortic wall. Aortic dissections are classified as either a “Type A” or “Type B” dissection depending on where the tear is located in the aorta. A Type A dissection occurs near where the aortic artery connects to the heart and the aortic arch. Type B dissections occur in the aorta in the chest and extend down to the abdomen.
Providence Aortic Center
Providence Aortic Center provides an experienced multidisciplinary team of cardiovascular specialists dedicated to the care of patients with disease of the thoracic and/or abdominal aorta. We deliver immediate access to life-saving treatment, as well as a comprehensive patient-centered approach that offers state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and innovative therapies for every type of aortic condition. Providence Aortic Center cares for the largest volume of aortic patients in Oregon and SW Washington offering multi-institutional treatment.