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Aortic Dissection

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by Polsdorfer R
 

Causes

Elevated blood pressure and a diseased aorta are the principal causes, usually due to atherosclerosis. Other congenital and acquired afflictions of the aorta also increase the chances of dissection.
 

RESOURCES

American Heart Association
http://www.heart.org

Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians
http://familydoctor.org

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Health Canada
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca

The College of Family Physicians of Canada
http://www.cfpc.ca

 

References


Aortic dissection. The Merck Manual Professional Edition website. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/cardiovascular%5Fdisorders/diseases%5Fof%5Fthe%5Faorta%5Fand%5Fits%5Fbranches/aortic%5Fdissection.html. Updated May 2014. Accessed August 20, 2014.


Isselbacher K, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 14th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill; 1998.


Mukherjee D, Eagle KA. Aortic dissection–an update. Curr Probl Cardiol. 2005 Jun;30(6):287-325.


Thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated August 11, 2014. Accessed August 20, 2014.


8/20/2014 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed: Jacobs JE, Latson LA, et al. American College of Radiology (ACR) Appropriateness Criteria for acute chest pain: suggested aortic dissection. Available at: http://www.acr.org/~/media/ACR/Documents/AppCriteria/Diagnostic/AcuteChestPainSuspectedAorticDissection.pdf. Updated 2014. Accessed August 20, 2014.

 

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