Aortic dissection, a tear in the major blood vessel leaving your heart, is a very risky condition and can be fatal. Watch as Dr. Oz explains more about what makes this condition so dangerous.
Irina Goldvekht, DO
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Location and Office HoursGreater North West Medical
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Is aortic dissection dangerous?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
How common is heart disease among American women?
Learn Your Lipids answeredHeart disease, which includes heart attack and stroke, is the number one cause of death for American women. Every year nearly 500,000 women die from heart disease, which is nearly 10 times the number of women who die from breast cancer
Will I be awake during cardiac catheterization?
Yes. You will be given a mild sedative to help relax you, but it is always better if you are able to tell your physician if you are having any discomfort or shortness of breath during the procedure as it is performed. Your doctor will also use a local anesthetic to numb the site where the catheters are inserted, usually in your groin or in your arm. The procedure itself usually takes about 15-30 minutes for diagnostic test but may take substantially longer if a procedure requiring stenting or ballooning is performed.
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