Aortic Dissection

M Health Fairview is a high-volume aortic dissection center, performing 20 to 30 dissections annually.

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An aortic dissection is a tear in the inner layer of your aortic wall somewhere between your chest and your abdomen. Most likely, it was caused by an aneurysm, a bulge in the wall of your aorta. The tear causes the inner and middle layers of your aorta to separate. If this ruptures, it can be fatal, so it is important to obtain emergency medical attention if you suspect something is wrong.

Symptoms of an aortic dissection can resemble those of a heart attack, including chest pain, shortness of breath and sometimes loss of consciousness. People with connective tissue disorders such as Marfan syndrome are at a greater risk of aortic dissection.

Acute aortic syndromes, including dissections, intramural hematoma, penetrating ulcers and aneurysms, are life-threatening emergencies that require prompt diagnosis and treatment. Successful treatment depends on early diagnosis and early transfer to a specialized care facility.

Our Approach

Acute aortic syndromes, including dissections, intramural hematoma, penetrating ulcers and aneurysms, are life-threatening emergencies that require prompt diagnosis and treatment. Successful treatment depends on early diagnosis and early transfer to a specialized care facility.

The M Health Fairview Aortic Center brings together skilled vascular surgeons, cardiothoracic surgeons, interventional radiologists, cardiologists and anesthesiologists, all dedicated to aortic disease care. At our specialized aortic care facility, physicians and surgeons perform complex aortic repairs in a state-of-the-art, hybrid operating room at University of Minnesota Medical Center. Our outcomes from aortic dissection repairs are excellent and better than the national average. We are a high volume aortic dissection center, seeing over 20 to 30 dissections annually.


Treatments, Tests, and Procedures

Frequently performed aortic dissection-related procedures include:

Surgical Repair For Aortic Dissection

Open surgery is a standard approach to repairing an aortic dissection, a tear in the inner layer of your aortic wall somewhere between your chest and your abdomen.
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There may be other treatments, test, and procedures for this diagnosis, including:

  • Endovascular Procedure
  • Medical Management
  • Beta Blockers

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