Aortic Tear (dissection)
Bleeding into the aortic wall from a tear or trauma is a potentially life-threatening condition. This aortic dissection or tear may arise from an aneurysm, injury, hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) or other cause.
Cardiovascular patients at Abington Memorial Hospital benefit from advanced technology for diagnostics and treatment. Some aortic tears may be treated with medication while others require surgery.
For expertise on diagnosing and treating aortic dissection, contact the specialists at Abington’s Pilla Heart Center and Porter Institute for Valvular Heart Disease.