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Aortic Dissection is a condition were the inner lining of the aorta tears. Blood gushes through the tear, causing the middle layer to separate.
surgery is an option to remove as much of the dissected aorta as possible and block the entry of blood into the aortic wall reconstruct the aorta with a synthetic tube.
Some medications reduce heart rate and lower blood pressure, which can prevent the aortic dissection from worsening.
Aortic Dissection occurs in a weakened area of the aortic wall. High blood pressure may stress the aortic tissue, making it more likely to tear.
Sudden severe chest or upper back pain described as tearing, ripping or shearing sensation that radiates to the neck or down the back
loss of consciousness
shortness of breath
Sudden difficulty speaking, loss of vision, weakness or paralysis of one side of your body, similar to a stroke
Weak pulse in one arm compared to the other
Control blood pressure.
Don't smoke. If you do smoke, take steps to stop.
Maintain an ideal weight.
Wear a seat belt.
Work with your doctor. If you have a family history of aortic dissection, a connective tissue disorder or a bicuspid aortic valve, tell your doctor.