I'm Dr. Grayson Wheatley, a board-certified heart surgeon specializing in aortic surgery.

This blog is dedicated to giving patients, family members, and physicians quality medical information about the aorta, its diseases, and how to treat them.

Healthgrades Reviews - Dr. Grayson Wheatley

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Advanced TEVAR at Society of Thoracic Surgeons 54th Annual Meeting

This year, at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Bolton Medical, Vascutek and Terumo are hosting an exciting Dinner Symposium for Heart Surgeons that are interested in learning more about advanced TEVAR and Thoracic Endograft Technologies and Therapies. Continue reading.

Review of Ascending Aortic Stents - Journal of Vascular Surgery January 2018

Endovascular repair of the ascending aorta is currently limited to patients at high surgical risk with aortic diseases originating above the sinotubular junction. A number of different endovascular technologies and approaches have been used, although no consensus exists regarding a standardized technique. Continue reading.

3D Printing For Your Aortic Root Aneurysm

When the aortic root enlarges (aneurysm), the integrity of the aortic wall weakens.  Essentially, the wider the aortic root expands side-to-side, the thinner and weaker the aortic wall becomes as it is stretched.  The thinner and weaker the aortic wall becomes, the more likely it is to tear, rip or burst. Continue reading.

PEARS For Your Aorta: Not Just Another Fruity Idea

The PEARS procedure is an acronym for a new method, involving open heart surgery, for treating proximal aortic root dilation and represents a novel, personalized approach - utilizing an external stent - to address a complex and often lethal disease of the aortic root. Continue reading.