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An aortic dissection is a medical emergency that must be treated promptly. The term refers to a tear in the inner layer of the aortic wall, which results in bleeding into the wall. Put another way, an aortic dissection is a serious condition in which the inner layer of the aorta tears, and blood surges through the tear, causing the inner and middle layers of the aorta to separate (dissect). The rest of the body has decreased blood flow and oxygen, while the heart becomes flooded under pressure. Since the heart now has to work harder, it can result in a heart attack or stroke. In addition, if the blood-filled channel ruptures through the outside wall, aortic dissection is often fatal.
Aortic dissection can easily be misdiagnosed, especially in a hectic emergency room setting, for a number of other conditions, such as a stroke, because the common symptoms are so general. Patients with high blood pressure are at a greater risk for aortic dissection, so their physicians should be closely monitoring the patient’s cardiac health. This is why thorough testing is critical to discovering and treating aortic dissection properly. Medical professionals will typically perform a CT scan, which is generally the starting point when aortic dissection is suspected, since it is a very accurate test.