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.
Aortic dissection. It depends upon extent of dissection and type of dissection.
Depends. Depends on which part of the aorta was involoved, what was done, how old he is, what other conditions he has, how long ago it occurred, how much damage was done - just to name a few of the variables.
What do you suggest if my father had an aortic dissection and I wanted to know typically how long people live?
Depends. It really varies depending on location and what branch blood vessel it affects. Some patients with aortic dissection die instantly. Some people with a chronic asymptomatic aortic dissection not affecting any branch vessels will die of old age first.
How long would an normal echocardiogram be efective against aortic dissection. In other words would a normal echo rule out future dissection?
No, but... Sadly, no. An echo can only see the world as it is at that exact moment in time. Dissection can always occur later. That said, thoracic dissections are rarely both serious and asymptomatic, so if one started, odds are good that you'd know in a painful, let's go visit the er sort of way.
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.
Symptom not likely. Symptom? Yes. Likely? No. The fact that you are still able to type (& alive) generally means that you did not have an aortic dissection. Usually, with aortic dissection there are other symptoms as well - profuse sweating, alterations in blood pressure, etc. Most likely, you had a strain of an abdominal muscle. However, to be sure, you probably ought to relay your Sx to your clinic primary doctor.
Severe, abrupt pain. Pain that is abrupt in onset and severe in intensity is the most common symptom with aortic dissection (roughly 90% of cases). Because of the size and location of the aorta, pain may be experienced as either chest pain, back pain, or abdominal pain. Additionally, pain that feels like ripping or tearing in any of these areas should raise a concern for aortic dissection.
Severe pain. Severe pain in back of chest or abdomen could mean aortic dissection.