Podcast #180: Aortic Dissection

a_dissectionRun Time:  4 minutes

Author: Jared Scott, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Aortic dissection = separation between 2 layers of vessel wall (usually intima and media)
  • Aortic Aneurysm = cystic dilation of the aorta
  • Aortic dissection associated with severe HTN or connective tissue disorders (Marfan’s, Ehlers-Danlos, etc.)
  • AAA associated with HTN, DM, HLD, smoking (same risks for MI)
  • Aortic dissection starts proximal in chest and peels down
  • AAA confined to abdomen and can rupture. 90% mortality.

Link to Podcast: http://medicalminute.madewithopinion.com/aortic-dissection/

References: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/aortic-dissection/basics/definition/con-20032930

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