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Can you die from coronary artery dissection?

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Yes: Depending on the extent, location , coronary territory involved, coronary rupture or not, acute thrombosis or not, able to correct or not.
Dr. Yoshifumi Naka
Thoracic Surgery 37 years experience
Yes: Coronary artery dissection is a serious condition which may mostly lead to a massive heart attack and death. Needs an immediate medical attention.
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: These tend to occur as part of ascending aortic dissection or during coronary catheterization and they could be fatal.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

What sort of disorder is a coronary artery dissection?

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Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Coronary dissection: A coronary artey dissection commonly occurs when a plaque causes the lining of the blood vessel to peel away and obstruct the lining of the vessel effectively causing a heart attack.
A 41-year-old member asked:

If you get coronary artery dissection, how do you feel?

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Dr. Shawn Tittle
Thoracic Surgery 24 years experience
Like fixing it. : Dissection of the coronary arteries is where layers of the wall of arteries that supply blood to heart muscle split because of high pressure or injury (like a stent). This blocks blood flow and can cause damage to heart muscle. Most of the time, it must be fixed immediately.
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What is the definition or description of: coronary artery dissection?

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Dr. Robert Binford
Thoracic Surgery 38 years experience
A slpit in the vesse: Arteries are made up of several layers - sort of like an onion. If there is a partial tear in the inner layer, then a high pressure of jet of blood entering this tear can cause the layers to separate. This can potentially occlude (block off the artery) which can cause a heart attack.
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What things make coronary artery dissection more likely?

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Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Intervention: Cardiac catheterization uses small catheters that are threaded into the coronary arteries to repair damage and remove clots that cause heart attacks. However, a risk of this procedure is the inside wall of the artery being torn which leads to the dissection. Often this requires emergency surgery to repair.
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Do people with coronary artery dissection have a lot of pain?

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Usually: Coronary dissections can be induced or rarely be spontaneous. They can occur during coronary interventions. If flow to the heart muscle severely compromised, myocardial necrosis may occur. If not corrected may progress to thrombosis, acute cardiac death, acute potentially fatal arrythmias, low cardiac output syndrome.

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