A 45-year-old member asked:
when does hypertensive emergency, if untreated, cause aortic dissection, and ultimately, rupture?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Robert Kent answered
11 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
No timeline: It depends on strength of aortic wall, level and history of hypertension, and many other factors. More commonly, hypertensive emergencies lead to stroke before aortic dissections but it certainly can cause either. I hope this helps!
Answered on May 20, 2014
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