An aortic dissection -- a tear that creates a separation of the layers of the aorta, which carries blood to the body -- is considered acute within two weeks of its presentation. Often, it is complicated by rupture or risk of rupture, or obstruction of blood flow to one or more parts of the body, and requires emergency intervention.
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- When is an aortic dissection considered acute?
How are arteries affected in people with peripheral arterial disease (PAD)?
In peripheral arterial disease (PAD) there is a buildup of cholesterol and plaque in the arteries. The narrowed arteries prevent blood from getting to the muscle of the leg, and the muscle then has difficulty performing when it's being asked to do some activity and not getting enough fuel. The leg hurts and becomes weak.
It's important to know that PAD is not limited to the peripheral arteries. Plaque buildup is also present in the coronary arteries. Therefore, people who have PAD (or think they may have it) should be evaluated for high cholesterol and coronary artery disease.
What is a medical examiner?
Healthwise answeredA medical examiner is a public official who investigates deaths defined by law as being important to the public health and welfare. These generally include deaths thought to be from other than natural causes but also may include sudden and unexpected deaths determined later at autopsy to be from natural disease or deaths in people who were not under the immediate care of a doctor at the time of death. Unlike coroners, medical examiners must be doctors. Most are appointed rather than elected, and many are certified in the specialty of forensic pathology and have expertise in the performance of autopsies.
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