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.

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.

5 Lessons from Actor Bill Paxton’s Untimely Death

Recently, the world was saddened to learn of the surprising death from stroke of another famous Hollywood celebrity from heart-related issues.

On February 25, 2017, we learned that Mr. Bill Paxton passed away following complications following open heart surgery.

Bill Paxton was famous for acting in a number of Hollywood blockbuster hits including “Twister”, “Aliens” and “Titanic”.

At the present time, limited information is available to the public and press concerning Mr. Paxton’s... Continue reading.

Aortology: The New Science of Aortic Disease and Treatment

I want to take a step back with you, for a moment, and depart from the usual focus of many of our typical posts on, which have frequently focused on a particular disease state of the aorta and its associated management options and introduce a new concept: Aortology.

Today, instead, I want to discuss the emerging field, as a whole, as it relates to the diagnosis of aortic disease and treatments. Continue reading.