Aortic dissection is a condition in which there is bleeding into and along the wall of the aorta (the major artery from the heart). This condition may also involve abnormal widening or ballooning of the aorta (aneurysm).
Patients with aortic dissection may present with one or several of the following symptoms:
Many tests are used to diagnose aortic dissection. Usually, more than one test is done before a definitive diagnosis can be made. Some of the tests may include:
There are many treatment options for an aortic dissection. These may include: