Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center offers patients a new treatment for a potentially fatal cardiovascular condition known as an aortic dissection, in which the inner layer of the aorta, the large blood vessel branching off the heart, tears. Blood surges through the tear, causing the inner and middle layers of the aorta to separate. Following FDA approval, surgeons at the Heart and Vascular Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center became one of the first hospitals the United States to use Cook Medical’s Zenith Dissection Endovascular System to treat an emergent complicated Type B aortic dissection. This system provides physicians a less invasive alternative to open surgery for such an emergency.
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