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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...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?

Yes: Aortic dissection or aortic dissection surgery can irritate the phrenic nerve which control the diaphragm. If it is irritated by the aneurysm or with the surgery it can result in a chronic cough. This should be brought to the surgeon's attention as a chronic cough could provoke additional injury to the aortic if it is severe enough. ...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?

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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My dad who is a healthy 57 year old, recently had surgery for a type A aortic dissection which was successful. What is his life expectancy now?

Life expectancy: There are no great numbers on this, as there are many other factors that will affect the life expectancy of a person, with or without having had sugery for Type A aorta dissection. Usually the life expectancy is not decreased due to the surgery, and he should live a healthy, normal life. Best advice of course is to keep his blood pressure and cholesterol under control, watch his weight/no smoking! ...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

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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I experienced a sudden ripping pain from solar plexus to sternum after coughing. It only lasted 20 seconds ans hasn't come back. Is this likely a symptom of an aortic dissection?

I experienced a sudden ripping pain from solar plexus to sternum after coughing. It only lasted 20 seconds ans hasn't come back. Is this likely a symptom of an aortic dissection?

Less likely: If caused by coughing much more likely to be muscle related. An aortic dissection would more likely have searing pain through to the back and you'd feel unwell. There is also the possibility of referred pain from lung or other structure so best to have an examination by a doctor of your chest and upper abdomen and if doubt remains tests can be ordered. Check urgently if breathing troubles ...Read more

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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


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