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Dr. Roberto Rodriguez
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Aortic Dissection (Definition)

A serious condition in which the inner layer of the aorta, the large blood vessel branching off the heart, tears. Blood surges through the tear, causing the inner and middle layers of the aorta to separate (dissect). If the blood-filled channel ruptures through the outside aortic wall, aortic ...Read more


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Possible aortic dissection in teen?

Possible aortic dissection in teen?

See a doctor: Aortic dissection is a life threatening emergency. Unlikely in teens but possible especially if there is a connective tissue disorder. If you have any concern about an aortic dissection, seek medical attention immediately. ...Read more

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Can aortic dissection be inherited?

Can aortic dissection be inherited?

Yes: If associated with inheritable collagen diseases. However, it is usually related to elevated blood pressure. ...Read more

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How to tell if you have an aortic dissection?

Aortic dissection: Probably the best studies are either a magnetic resonance angiogram (mra) or a computed tomography angiogram (cta) of the chest and abdomen. ...Read more

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How long can aortic dissection symptoms last?

How long can aortic dissection symptoms last?

Aortic dissection: It depends upon extent of dissection and type of dissection. ...Read more

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How do you cope with type b aortic dissection?

How do you cope with type b aortic dissection?

Blood pressure: 90% of type b dissection are managed medically with blood pressure control in the acute phase. In cases of rupture, decrease perfusion to organs like intestines kidneys or legs the patient will need surgery or stenting. In chronic cases you need follow up ct scan to assess the aorta for aneurysmal degeneration. ...Read more

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For how long do aortic dissection symptoms last?

Dissection: The pain of aortic dissection can stop when the dissection stabilizes, the patient dies or has effective treatment. The time any of these takes is highly variable. ...Read more

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How common is aortic dissection in a 23yo female?

How common is aortic dissection in a 23yo female?

Rare: Is there a reason you would ask? It is pretty uncommon except in certain diseases. ...Read more

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What are the signs of having an aortic dissection?

What are the signs of having an aortic dissection?

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. ...Read more

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How is an aortic dissection diagnosed or ruled out?

How is an aortic dissection diagnosed or ruled out?

CTA or MRA: The best and quickest test is ct angiography. Mri or mra is also excellent but take longer time and not always available. . ...Read more

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I had a aortic dissection. Could I survive another?

Possibly: Aortic dissections are incredibly complex conditions. Your long-term prognosis would be based on many factors. Normally, the complications of dissection would in the short-term involve blood flow to your major organs. In the long-term complications include aneurysm formation. Please contact a vascular specialist for further information. ...Read more

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What are the odds of surviving an aortic dissection?

What are the odds of surviving an aortic dissection?

Fairly good: Depends on the location of dissection and involvement of other arteries. With modern technology with odds are pretty good for survival. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a possible aortic dissection?

How do I know if I have a possible aortic dissection?

Severe chest pain: Aortic dissection is heralded by severe chest pain, often radiating from the front of the chest through the chest and into the back, often described as "tearing" or "ripping". If you suspect it, it's a medical emergency and every minute counts. It would be quite rare in your age group unless you have marfan's syndrome. ...Read more

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Can I get aortic dissection without being hospitalized?

Can I get aortic dissection without being hospitalized?

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. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: aortic dissection?

Internal, tear: The dissection is a tear of the inner lining of the aortic three layer wall
the flap may obstruct branches of the aorta and create a whole series of symptoms and complications.
Medical and surgical treatments exist depending on the exact situation. ...Read more

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Where can I find people who have survived an aortic dissection?

Here maybe?: Http://www. Patientslikeme. Com/

i've got plenty of them in my clinic, but there's a pretty hefty penalty for giving out their names, so that will have to do :). ...Read more

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What are the odds of surviving an aortic dissection? Pretty low?

Varies: Dissections in the ascending part of the aorta are most fatal and most common, they require urgent surgical repair otherwise has high mortality up to 80% but dissection in other areas like descending aorta has much lower mortality. ...Read more

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How long does an aortic dissection take to develop? Minutes? Hours?

Seconds: Aortic dissection is a sudden onset disease occurring in seconds but it can progress to involve other segments of the aorta or its branches over minutes, hours or even months when not treated. ...Read more

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Aorta (Definition)

The aorta is the largest artery in the body, leaving directly from the left ventricle of the heart to supply blood to the entire body. It is made of elastic tissue layers called "intima" and is subject to damage by high blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol, ...Read more