Skip to main content

Aortic Extract

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 6, 2022.

What are other common names?

  • Aortic GAGs
  • Aortic Glycosaminoglycanes
  • Aortic Glycosaminoglycannes
  • Aortic Glycosaminoglycans
  • GAG
  • Glycosaminoglycanes
  • Glycosaminoglycannes
  • Glycosaminoglycans
  • Heparinoid Fraction
  • Heparinoids
  • Héparinoïdes
  • Mesoglicano
  • Mesoglycan
  • Mesoglycan Sodium
  • Mucopolysaccharide
  • Mésoglycane
  • Prisma
  • Sulfomucopolysaccharide

What is this product used for?

Aortic extract contains certain substances that are found in healthy blood vessels. It has been used to help blood vessels work better or to improve circulation. Some people use it to help protect blood vessels from diseases or help prevent stroke. Aortic extract has also been used for treating leg ulcers.

What are the precautions when taking this product?

  • Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product. Some products may not mix well with other drugs or natural products.

  • Most aortic extract is made from the aorta of animals such as sheep, pigs, or cows. There is always the possibility that a product like this could have been made from the remains of diseased animals. Use high quality products made by well-known companies that contain a lot number and an expiration date.

  • This product may interfere with some lab tests. Be sure to talk with your doctor about this and all drugs you are taking.

  • Be sure to tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breastfeeding. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this natural product.

  • Be sure to tell your doctor that you take this product if you are scheduled for surgery or tests.

  • This product contains heparin. Take extra care if you are allergic to heparin.

  • Take extra care if you are taking drugs to thin your blood. These are drugs like warfarin, enoxaparin, rivaroxaban, or clopidogrel.

  • Take extra care if you are taking drugs to dissolve blood clots. These are drugs like alteplase, reteplase, streptokinase, or urokinase.

  • Take extra care if you are taking drugs to help with swelling or inflammation. These are drugs like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen.

  • Take extra care if you are at a high risk for infection. This includes people who have had a transplant, are on chemo, or have an autoimmune disease.

  • Take extra care and check with your doctor if you have:

    • Heart problems

    • High blood pressure

What should I watch for?

  • Upset stomach

  • Headache

When do I need to call the doctor?

  • Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.

  • Very bad throwing up

  • Very bad belly pain

  • Very bad loose stools

  • Bruising or bleeding that is not normal

  • Changes in menstrual periods, like lots of bleeding, spotting, or bleeding between cycles

Last Reviewed Date


Consumer information use

This generalized information is a limited summary of diagnosis, treatment, and/or medication information. It is not meant to be comprehensive and should be used as a tool to help the user understand and/or assess potential diagnostic and treatment options. It does NOT include all information about conditions, treatments, medications, side effects, or risks that may apply to a specific patient. It is not intended to be medical advice or a substitute for the medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment of a health care provider based on the health care provider's examination and assessment of a patient’s specific and unique circumstances. Patients must speak with a health care provider for complete information about their health, medical questions, and treatment options, including any risks or benefits regarding use of medications. This information does not endorse any treatments or medications as safe, effective, or approved for treating a specific patient. UpToDate, Inc. and its affiliates disclaim any warranty or liability relating to this information or the use thereof. The use of this information is governed by the Terms of Use, available at


Copyright © 2022 UpToDate, Inc. and its affiliates and/or licensors. All rights reserved.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.