What is Aortic Disease?
An aortic dissection is a true emergency, and survival depends on immediate medical action.
The Saint Thomas Heart Aortic Center shortens the window of time between diagnosis and treatment by providing community hospitals - who may not have the advanced equipment and resources required to care for an aortic dissection - with one number to call and one place to turn when they need to transfer a patient.
Signs and Symptoms
- Sudden chest, back, neck or abdominal pain
- Paralysis or loss of function of a limb
Some people are at an increased risk for aortic conditions of dissection. Risk factors include:
- History of cardiovascular (heart) disease
- History of brain aneurysm
- Kidney Cyst
- Bicuspid Aortic Valve (Heart Murmur)
- Aortic Coarctation (usually treated as a child or infant)
- Prior aortic or vascular surgery
- Family history of aortic aneurysm
- Family with sudden cardiac death
- Family history with genetic conditions (connective tissue disorders)
- Blood Pressure control
- Medications to slow heart rate (Beta-Blocker)
- Cholesterol lowering medication
- Life Style change
- Quit smoking
- Surgical intervention