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Go immediately to the emergency room if you experience sudden, tearing chest pains that radiate through the shoulders and into the back, and sometimes are accompanied with a cold sweat.
Acute aortic dissection is an uncommon and often lethal cause of chest pain, the mortality rate is 35 percent at 24 hours, 50 percent at 48 hours and 80 percent within 2 weeks.
* Diagnosis & Treatment of Diseases of the Aorta, Hurst’s The Heart, 10th Edition

Aortic Dissection Diagnosis

If screening tests or check-ups reveal abnormal results, your WellStar physician will perform further evaluations regarding an aortic dissection.


  • Heart Catherization
  • Computerized Tomography (CT) Scan