Symptoms of aortic dissection include sudden, intense pain across the chest, and sometimes in the back between the shoulder blades.
Gregg Greenough, MD
Specialty: Emergency Medicine
Location and Office HoursBrigham & Women's Hospital Emergency Dept
Boston, MA 02115
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
- Brigham & Women's Hospital
What are symptoms of aortic dissection?
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What is interventional cardiology?
Interventional cardiology is a specialized field of medicine that focuses on unclogging blocked arteries using minimally invasive tools and techniques to restore blood flow to organs and tissues throughout the body. Interventional cardiologists treat heart attack, stroke, and blockages to the kidneys and legs without open surgery.
Instead, interventional cardiologists use catheters to diagnose and treat cardiovascular conditions. Catheters are thin, flexible tubes that can be inserted through a small puncture site in the skin and threaded through the blood vessel to a blockage in an artery. Specialized balloon angioplasty catheters are designed to expand and push blockages against artery walls to reopen the artery for blood flow. These catheters can also be used to place stents - metal, mesh tubes that act as scaffolding to prop a cleared artery open - and for diagnostic tests.
Interventional cardiology, as a less invasive treatment option than cardiac bypass graft surgery, has truly changed the entire field of coronary and valvular heart disease treatment.
Why shouldn't I use the emergency room for my child’s routine care?
When you get to the Emergency Department (ED), you will undoubtedly meet many parents who are not prudent, not reasonable, and definitely not smart parents. They’ve brought their child to the ED for something nonserious that could have waited for an office visit. For a variety of reasons, families rely on the ED for everyday health care. Sometimes, it’s because they don’t have a primary care doctor or health insurance. Others simply abuse the ED by using it as a walk-in clinic for convenience. But emergency care won’t keep a child healthy; it isn’t comprehensive care from a pediatrician who knows your child’s medical history and any chronic conditions, something an emergency physician can’t possibly offer.
From The Smart Parent's Guide: Getting Your Kids Through Checkups, Illnesses, and Accidents by Jennifer Trachtenberg.
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