Aortic Dissection

Aortic dissection may occur in any location along the aorta and therefore the range of presentations is broad. Many AD patients do not fit the textbook presentation - Alexandra Ortega MD

Aortic Dissection
Aortic Dissection

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Aortic dissection: Getting to the heart of the matter

Fleming, originally from Kerry, was an active and healthy man with no underlying health issues. So when he died unexpectedly in 2015, aged 69, his family was distraught.

Married to Kathleen, the father-of-four (Caroline, Aisling, Catherine and Jeremiah), was attending a business meeting in Dublin when he suddenly became unwell with, according to his daughter Catherine, “excruciating pain in his back, chest and abdomen”. He collapsed and was taken immediately taken to A&E, but, despite medical intervention, he died.

“When Dad was triaged, a 10 out of 10 pain score was recorded and one of the doctors made a diagnosis of aortic dissection and ordered an urgent CT scan and…

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 Aortic dissection: Getting to the heart of the matter

September 19th to 26th is Global Aortic Disease Awareness Week when countries around the globe come together to try and increase awareness of this often-fatal disease.


The THINK AORTA campaign aims to raise awareness and improve diagnosis of Aortic Dissection worldwide.

International Registry of Acute Aortic Dissection

The International Registry of Acute Aortic Dissections (IRAD) is a consortium of research centers that are evaluating the current management and outcomes of acute aortic dissection. It was established in 1996, and currently has 30 large referral centers in 11 countries participating in the registry. The main purpose of IRAD is to assess the etiological factors, modes of presentation, clinical features, treatment, and hospital outcomes of patients with acute aortic dissection around the world.

John Ritter Research Program

Welcome to The John Ritter Research Program in Aortic and Vascular Diseases at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Our mission is clear: We are working to prevent premature deaths due to thoracic aortic disease by improving diagnosis, treatment, and public awareness of this disease.


Aortic dissection is relatively uncommon. The condition most frequently occurs in men in their 60s and 70s. Symptoms of aortic dissection may mimic those of other diseases, often leading to delays in diagnosis. However, when an aortic dissection is detected early and treated promptly, the chance of survival greatly improves.


There are two types of dissection: Type A is treated surgically, while type B is treated with medical management.


The most common sites for the intimal tear are within 2-3 cms of the aortic valve or distal to the left subclavian artery in the descending aorta.

The Aortic Dissection Charitable Trust

The Aortic Dissection Charitable Trust aims to improve the diagnosis of aortic dissection and bring consistency of treatment across the whole patient pathway.

Aortic Dissection Awareness

The national patient association for Aortic Dissection in the UK & Ireland. Supporting patients & families; raising awareness; driving improvements in care and outcomes across the patient pathway and enabling research into this devastating condition.

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