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Center for Aortic Disease

The UCSF Center for Aortic Disease cares for patients with conditions involving the aorta, the large artery that carries oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the rest of the body. These conditions include aneurysms (weakness in the artery wall that leads to a bulge), tears and blockages.

Our team of specialists includes:

  • Vascular and cardiothoracic surgeons
  • Cardiologists
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Radiologists
  • Rheumatologists
  • Geneticists

Together, we provide a full range of aortic care, from the most advanced treatment options to monitoring and long-term follow-up care.

Our surgeons have expertise in both traditional and minimally invasive procedures. This includes endovascular techniques where we reach the aorta through a small incision near the hip. Our team has pioneered endovascular repair of aortic aneurysms using stent grafts, which are tubes made of metal mesh and fabric that reinforce the artery wall.

Our locations

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    Nectero EAST System Clinical Study

    The primary endpoint is the composite of all AAA-related death, rupture and repair (open-surgical, EVAR, or clinically indicated for repair as adjudicated by a committee of clinical experts blinded to the assigned arm).


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    Endurant Stent Graft System vs Excluder Endoprothesis: ADVANCE Trial

    Proportion of patients with sac regression at 1 year, defined in accordance with SVS guidelines as the reduction in maximum diameter by >= 5 mm when compared to the first CT imaging study obtained within 90 days after index proced...


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    DFC 004 Biomarkers for Active Diabetic Foot Ulcers

    Proportion of participants with complete wound healing by week 52, defined as complete wound closure where there is skin re-epithelialization without drainage or dressing requirements at two consecutive study visits 2 weeks apart.


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    PROMISE III: Percutaneous Deep Vein Arterialization for the Treatment of Late-Stage Chronic Lim...

    Freedom from major (above-ankle) amputation and death (all-cause mortality)


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    Endovascular Exclusion of Thoracoabdominal and/or Paravisceral Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm


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    Carotid Revascularization and Medical Management for Asymptomatic Carotid Stenosis Trial

    The primary outcome is the composite of stroke plus death within 44 days after randomization and ipsilateral stroke thereafter up to 4 years.


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    Branched Aortic Arch Study


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    Adjunct Collection of Additional Biorepository Data From Patients Enrolled in Diabetic Foot Con...

    Proportion of participants consenting to participation in the biorepository from among DFC studies, by study and overall


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    BGC101 (EnEPC) Autologous Cell Therapy From Patient's Own Blood for Treatment of Critical Limb ...

    - Incidence and proportion of incidence between treatment arms of adverse events of specific interest (AESI) and injection-related AE - Incidence of serious adverse events (SAEs) including SAEs related or probably ...


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    • Among the top hospitals in the nation

    • One of the nation's best for heart & vascular surgery

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    What to Bring

    • Photo I.D.
    • Health insurance card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • Recent test results related to your condition
    • List of your medications, including dosages, plus any you're allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

    Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic

    535 Mission Bay Blvd. South
    San Francisco, CA 94158

    Asian Heart and Vascular Center

    1600 Divisadero St., Second Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94115

    Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness Center

    500 Parnassus Ave., Floor B1, Suite MU09
    San Francisco, CA 94143

    Cardiology Clinic at Mount Zion

    1600 Divisadero St., Rm A532
    San Francisco, CA 94115

    Cardiac Surgery Program

    See our two Bay Area locations and learn more about the program.

    Cardiovascular Care and Prevention Center at Mission Bay

    535 Mission Bay Blvd. South
    San Francisco, CA 94158

    Cardiovascular Care and Prevention Center – Golden Gate Practice

    1 Daniel Burnham Ct., Suite 260
    San Francisco, CA 94109

    Center for Prevention of Heart and Vascular Disease

    535 Mission Bay Blvd. South
    San Francisco, CA 94158

    Vascular and Endovascular Surgery Clinic

    400 Parnassus Ave., Suite 501
    San Francisco, CA 94143

    Vascular Laboratory

    Cardiovascular Care & Prevention Center

    400 Parnassus Ave., Fifth Floor, Suite 501
    San Francisco, CA 94143

    MarinHealth Cardiovascular Medicine

    Lynch Creek

    2 Bon Air Rd., Suite 100
    Larkspur, CA 94939

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