A 45-year-old member asked:
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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Cardiac Electrophysiology 19 years experience
Go get evaluated: 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.
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Vascular Surgery 36 years experience
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surgery 57 years experience
Get examined: 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.
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Last updated Mar 14, 2015
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