What are the risk factors for aortic dissection?

Daniel R. Spogen, MD
Family Medicine
There are many common risk factors for aortic dissection. One important risk factor is poorly controlled high blood pressure. Diabetes, smoking and elevated cholesterol also increase the risk for aortic dissection. Also, certain conditions such as Marfan syndrome and a bicuspid aortic valve increase the risk as well.
Risk factors for aortic dissection include:
  • poorly controlled high blood pressure
  • injury to the chest
  • extreme exertion
  • drug abuse
  • connective tissue disorders such as Marfan syndrome
  • family history of arotic dissection

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