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A 42-year-old member asked:

Can i get aortic dissection without being hospitalized?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Donald Thomas
Thoracic Surgery 36 years experience
Yes: Most are spontaneous and occur out side of the hospital. Severe pain is common usually in the back and chest. Going to the hospital is mandatory.
Dr. Kevin Nolan
Surgery - Vascular 36 years experience
Aortic dissection: Most aortic dissection occur outside the hospital. Many are precipitated by poorly controlled high blood pressure. Treatment if you have a sudden dissection would necessitate being hospitalized in most cases.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

How long could someone live with aortic dissection without being hospitalized?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ernest Zichal
Surgery 21 years experience
Years: Depending on where the dissection occurs and if it is expanding. As long as the dissection is in the descending aorta and isn't causing any symptoms - just good blood pressure control is all that may be needed.
Last updated Feb 10, 2015

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