Our strategy is to identify people who are at high risk for an aortic dissection through screening. If patients are diagnosed, we monitor them regularly and treat them before complications develop as overtime a tear can affect a patient’s brain, lungs, arms, legs, and heart.
Aortic dissection is a life-threatening condition and needs to be treated immediately.
Treatment for aortic dissection depends on the type of dissection:
For type A (descending) dissections, emergency treatment is required due to the possibility of a heart attack. Traditional open heart surgery is usually the treatment; this involves opening the chest and repairing and/or replacing the torn aorta.
For type B (descending) dissections, treatment needed is depending on the circumstances. If the dissection is chronic, it might cause an aortic aneurysm. To treat the aortic aneurysm, minimally invasive stent grafts or open heart surgery can be required.