A team of surgeons and specialists at Mass General is announcing an achievement in transplant surgery today, having recently performed the largest number of adult heart transplants in the country using what are known as Donation after Circulatory Death (DCD) donor hearts.
Learn about the aorta, the largest artery in the body that carries oxygen rich blood from the heart to all major organs and limbs.
About the Aorta
The portion of the aorta in the chest is called the thoracic aorta. It begins at the level of the heart and extends upwards in the anterior chest (aortic root and ascending thoracic aorta), next passes from front to back under the neck (aortic arch), and then descends in the posterior chest adjacent to the spine (descending thoracic aorta). Finally, the aorta continues through the abdomen (abdominal aorta), where at last it splits into two smaller branches (common iliac arteries) that supply the circulation to the lower extremities.
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- Oct | 16 | 2019
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- Jun | 25 | 2019
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