Aortic Aneurysms

The aorta, the largest artery in your body, runs from your heart, down through your chest, and into your abdomen.  An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) occurs when the wall of the aorta progressively weakens and begins to bulge. Most aneurysms have no symptoms, but as they continue to enlarge this can lead to rupture if left untreated, a life threatening emergency. 

To minimize your risk for developing an AAA, one can stop smoking, lose weight, lower their blood pressure and cholesterol. 

We use primarily ultrasound and CT scans to diagnose and monitor aortic aneurysms. 



Endovascular surgery is a less invasive form of surgery that involves using a stent graft to stabilize the weakened walls of your aorta.

​Our surgeons perform the cutting-edge implantation of fenestrated and branch endografts, offering patients minimally invasive techniques to the most complex aneurysms. Dr. Thompson brings a variety of complex endovascular skills to CVC from his training at Stanford University, one of the premier aortic programs in the country.

For the appropriate patient, open surgery still is recommended. Dr. De Natale did his training under the mentorship of E. Stanley Crawford, MD. who was the world’s expert on the Treatment and Management of Diseases of the Aorta. This allowed him to bring that expertise back to Connecticut.