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Aortic Dissection

At Corrielus Cardiology, we are fully equipped to diagnose and treat aortic dissection. Our unique, non-invasive approach to cardiac care has helped countless patients manage their heart conditions and regain a healthy, active life. Aortic dissection refers to a tear in the inner layer of the aortic wall. Consequently, blood may then begin to invade the tissues of the wall, which can weaken the aortic wall and put a patient at risk for rupture.

Symptoms & Causes of Aortic Dissection

The cause of aortic dissection is not completely clear. However, there are a number of risk factors that are known to trigger aortic dissection, including high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, inflammation of the aorta, connective tissue disorders and more. At Corrielus Cardiology, we realize the importance of diagnosing and treating these risk factors as an effective way to prevent and/or manage aortic dissection.

In acute cases of aortic dissection, patients may experience severe chest pain or pain in the upper back. This pain is often constant and can feel like a "ripping" or "tearing" sensation. It is not uncommon for the pain to migrate from one place to another. Since aortic dissection can lead to rupture of the aortic wall, it is imperative that you seek treatment as soon as these symptoms begin.

Treatment of an Aortic Dissection

As with any heart condition, your treatment from Corrielus Cardiology is based on the severity of your symptoms and results of your cardiac testing. Our Philadelphia facility offers a full menu of testing services to ensure we pinpoint the cause of your symptoms. We will also take a careful look at your overall health and lifestyle choices to determine if the aortic dissection can be treated non-invasively. Many patients benefit from medication or lifestyle changes to control high blood pressure or other contributing factors. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to repair the aortic wall tear.

To help you avoid the life-threatening consequences of aortic dissection, it is critical that you let a qualified cardiologist help you. Dr. Corrielus carries unrivaled expertise in all types of heart conditions, including aortic dissection. Through his focus on integrative medicine, non-invasive treatments and overall wellness, you can benefit from comfortable and sustainable treatments to restore your heart health. Contact Corrielus Cardiology in Philadelphia today to schedule your cardiac testing or treatment for aortic dissection.

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