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Is aortic dissection dangerous?

Mark J. Russo, MD
Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular)
Most acute aortic dissections are life-threatening emergencies. As many as 40% of people who experience acute aortic dissections die instantly, and the risk of death increases 1-3% every hour. Between 75-90% of patients who experience the most common type of dissections die within one week if not treated appropriately. While some types of aortic dissections do not require emergency surgery, most do. Regardless, patients with acute aortic dissections require emergency referral to a center that specializes in the treatment of aortic diseases and evaluation by a cardiovascular surgeon.   
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
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.
 


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