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 includes vascular and cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiologists, anesthesiologists, radiologists, rheumatologists and geneticists. Together, we provide the full range of services, from the most advanced treatment techniques to monitoring and long-term follow-up care.

Our surgeons have expertise in both traditional and minimally invasive procedures, including endovascular techniques, in which the aorta is reached 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.

UCSF is the only medical center in California that can treat certain complex aneurysms using branched stent grafts, which have branched limbs that deliver blood flow directly to the organs that need it. This experimental technique is available at UCSF through a clinical trial.

Our providers are available for patient appointments throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and shelter-in-place order. Appointment options for new and current patients include:

  • Video visits
  • In-person visits at UCSF locations for urgent cardiovascular symptoms, diagnostic evaluation and urgent lab work. If you are having an emergency, call 911.

The health, safety and well-being of our patients remains our top priority. Accordingly, UCSF has infection prevention practices and protocols in place at all of our facilities.

Our locations

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    Decorative Caduceus

    The DES BTK Vascular Stent System vs PTA in Subjects With Critical Limb Ischemia

    The primary effectiveness endpoint assesses primary patency using duplex ultrasound at 6 months post-procedure.

    Recruiting

    Decorative Caduceus

    Branched Aortic Arch Study

    Recruiting

    Decorative Caduceus

    THE OMEGA-SPM-DOSE and OMEGA-SPM-PAD: Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators in Patients With Peri...

    The smallest dose administered in Phase 1a participants which results in an increase in Resolution Index at least 3 times that of baseline, or the subsequent larger dose resulting in a Resolution Index greater than 2 times that of...

    Recruiting

    Decorative Caduceus

    Endovascular Exclusion of Thoracoabdominal and/or Paravisceral Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

    Recruiting

    Decorative Caduceus

    Intima Versus Adventitia Drug Delivery to Elucidate Mechanisms of Restenosis: Magnetic Resonanc...

    Percent Wall Volume (PWV) of the treated segment of artery will be measured by MRI.

    Recruiting

    Support services

    Case Management and Social Work

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    Spiritual Care Services

    Chaplains representing many faiths are available around the clock to provide support, comfort and counsel to patients, families and caregivers. Learn more.

    International Services

    If you live in another country and are coming to UCSF for medical
    treatment, our patient liaisons can help coordinate all aspects of your visit.

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    Interpreters

    UCSF offers language services at no charge for patients with limited
    English, as well as for patients who are deaf or have trouble hearing.

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    Hospital Stays

    Checking into the hospital? Find helpful information by clicking on the relevant “Your Hospital Stay” booklet: Mission Bay, Parnassus or Mount
    Zion.

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    Preparing for your appointment

    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

    Cardiology Clinic at Mount Zion

    1600 Divisadero St., Suite C-244
    San Francisco, CA 94115

    Cardiothoracic Surgery Clinic

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

    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 at Parnassus

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

    Cardiology at Greenbrae

    1100 S. Eliseo Dr., Suite 1
    Greenbrae, CA 94904

    Cardiothoracic Surgery Program at Washington Hospital

    39141 Civic Center Dr., Suite 335
    Fremont, CA 94538

    MarinHealth Cardiovascular Medicine

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

    Key treatments

    Conventional Aneurysm Surgery

    If you have an aneurysm, your doctor may recommend conventional "open surgical repair." In open surgery, the aneurysm is exposed through a long incision.

    Endovascular Surgery

    UCSF Medical Center is a pioneer in endovascular surgery, performing more than 150 endovascular aneurysm repairs annually. Find more treatment information here.

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