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what are the signs of having an aortic dissection?

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Dr. Harold Kim
27 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Pain: The overwhelming symptom is of pain, whether the back or chest. If is of a severe, sharp nature. Otherwise, symptoms related to reduced blood flow can ensue such as a faint pulse, rapid heart rate.
Answered on Jun 18, 2014
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Dissection: read this: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000181.htm
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