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I think i might have had an aortic dissection just now and i'm terrified in tears. what should i do?

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Dr. Joshua Moss answered

Specializes in Cardiac Electrophysiology

An aortic dissection does not typically just happen and go away. It is a life threatening event that more typically causes excruciating, tearing pain that persists. If you are still having such pain, you should call 911 and go to an emergency room! if you had some pain that went away on its own, a dissection is much less likely -- just go get examined by a doctor.

Answered Mar 26, 2013

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Dr. David Fertel answered

Specializes in Vascular Surgery

Aortic dissections are very painful.

Answered Mar 21, 2013

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Dr. Creighton Wright answered

Specializes in surgery

Ct scan is the usual diagnostic tool. Dissection is a great mimic and can present in a variety of ways. Most are in older, hypertensive persons but no one is immune.

Answered Mar 14, 2015

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