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What are symptoms of aortic dissection?

Symptoms of aortic dissection include sudden, intense pain across the chest, and sometimes in the back between the shoulder blades.
Patients often feel as though they are having a heart attack. Specific symptoms may include:
  • Sudden and severe "tearing" or "crushing" pain between the shoulder blades or behind the sternum
  • Inability to find a comfortable position
  • Extremely high blood pressure
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness
  • Stroke
  • Sense of doom (extreme anxiety)

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