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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


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Is it possible to develop a chronic cough after aortic dissection surgery?

Is it possible to develop a chronic cough after aortic dissection surgery?

Possibly: Yes, especially if performed via thoraocotomy ... Less so if performed endovascularly ... ...Read more

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Mom has aortic valve leakage, & a-fib. Chronic cough, moving pain started under lft arm. Could the cough caused aortic dissection? The moving scares her

No: The most important risk factors for aortic dissection are systemic hypertension and a history of atherosclerosis. Atrial fibrillation and mild aortic insufficiency are not risk factors. Aortic valve replacement is, though. Intense weightlifting may cause it, due to an increase in blood pressure. The onset of pain is usually very abrupt, severe, and has a tearing or ripping quality to it. ...Read more

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Developed nasty cough -- probably with runny nose is a cold. But worried because I had aortic dissection surgery 6 weeks ago. Should I be worried?

Cough after surgery: Might want to consult with a physician for a prescription of a cough suppressant, just to avoid pain, and sleep well, although at 6 weeks, coughing will probably not disturb the surgery site. I hope you feel better soon. Good thing the dissection was detected in time. ...Read more

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How will high elevated heart enzymes effect an aortic dissection? My daddy has an decending aortic dissection that is 5.4cm and very very very close to his spine, so close they are trying extremely hard every way they can not to have to do surgery. He has

Most : Most current "heart enzyme" tests are very specific for heart damage (troponin), although there are older tests which are used less frequently which can be elevated in the setting of other muscle damage (ckmb, myoglobin). I would start by finding out which test exactly is abnormal. If it is indeed an elevated level of "troponin" then this typically indicates heart damage which can then be caused by either undue strain on the heart, or most commonly by low blood flow to the heart muscle which causes some of the cells to die off and release the enzyme. We know that many people with cardiovascular disease have issues in more than one area, so if you father has an aortic dissection, there is a good chance that he also has coronary artery disease which would increase his risk for surgery further. I would encourage you to sit down and talk with your father's physician and ask some of these same questions face to face and obtain some specific answers relating to you father's condition. ...Read more

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My father has had a heart attack, blood clot, and is waiting to have a aortic dissection surgery. Can a heart rate of 130 temporarily be bad?

My father has had a heart attack, blood clot, and is waiting to have a aortic dissection surgery. Can a heart rate of 130 temporarily be bad?

No: That's the least of his worries right now. More mumbo-jumbo is written about heart rate than about many other things. Medications, anxiety, and human variabilty are all factors I'm glad your dad has you at this difficult time. ...Read more

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For how long can someone live with aortic dissection without being hospitalized?

Dissection: Aortic dissection is a life threatening condition but an occassional patient will have evidence for a past dissection without having been hospitalized. Extrapolating from history this can sometimes be a long time. We don't really know how often this happens but believe it to be rare. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

Coughing is an important way to keep your throat and airways clear. However, excessive coughing may mean you have an underlying disease or disorder. Some coughs are dry, while others are considered productive. A productive cough is one ...Read more


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Aortic Dissection (Definition)

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 ...Read more