Aortitis is inflammation of the aorta, the large blood vessel which transports blood from the heart to the body. The aortic root is the part of the aorta which is directly connected to the left ventricle (chamber) of the heart. Inflammation of the aorta can cause aortic dilation, resulting in aortic insufficiency. Also, it can cause fibrous thickening and ostial stenosis of major branches, resulting in reduced or absent pulses, low blood pressure in the arms, possibly with central hypertension due to renal artery stenosis.

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. 
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