Diagram of Ascending Aorta

By Adam Pick - Patient, Author & HeartValveSurgery.com Founder

The anatomy of the heart is quite amazing.  In particular, the aorta is fascinating.  According to ShareCare, the aorta is the largest artery (vessel) in the human body and is responsible for carrying blood from your heart to the rest of your body.

Many patients ask me, "What does the aorta look like?" and "Where is my ascending aorta?"  For this reason, I found and posted below a diagram of an ascending aorta. 

 

Diagram Of Ascending Aorta

 

 

Specific to heart valve disease... If a patient suffers from an aortic valve disorder, he or she may develop an aortic aneurysm which is a bulging or swelling of the aorta.  If not properly managed, an aortic aneurysm can dissect.  An aortic dissection can be life-threatening. Unfortunately, an aortic dissection was the cause of John Ritter's untimely death in 2013.  To help educate people about aortic aneurysms, the comedian's family formed the John Ritter Foundation

 

 

 

As shown in the diagram above, the ascending aorta connects to the aortic valve.  One type of aortic valve disease, known as a bicuspid aortic valve, can cause an aortic aneurysm.  Blood flow through a bicuspid aortic valve is turbulent thereby putting pressure and strain on the aortic wall - causing it to grow and weaken, according to Dr. Eric Roselli at the Cleveland Clinic.

The great news is that if an aortic aneursym is detected, it can be managed and successfully treated using traitional and/or minimally-invasive surgical techniques.  

 

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Page last updated: January 14, 2019

Written by Adam Pick
- Patient & Website Founder

Adam Pick is a heart valve patient and author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery. In 2006, Adam founded HeartValveSurgery.com to educate and empower patients. This award-winning website has helped over 10 million people fight heart valve disease. Adam has been featured by the American Heart Association and Medical News Today.

Adam Pick is a heart valve patient and author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery. In 2006, Adam founded HeartValveSurgery.com to educate and empower patients. This award-winning website has helped over 10 million people fight heart valve disease. Adam has been featured by the American Heart Association and Medical News Today.