Florida hospital opens aortic emergency center

Miami-based Mercy Hospital, part of HCA East Florida health system, has opened a 24-hour aortic emergency center, the hospital announced March 2.

The new emergency center will provide urgent vascular treatment for all aortic aneurysms, including minimally invasive surgical procedures that can repair or replace aortic valves without opening the breast bone. 

Allan Stewart, MD, will oversee the center. Dr. Stewart is the former director of the aortic surgery program at New York City-based Columbia University Irving Medical Center, according to a news release sent to Becker's.

Treatment at the emergency center begins with enrollment in the hospital's aortic surveillance program, which aims to identify the underlying causes of the disease. Patients will also be monitored for any changes in the size of their aneurysm so appropriate adjustments can be made to treatment plans.

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