A Contemporary Review of Acute Aortic Dissection
Harsimran A Singh*
Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Harsimran A Singh, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Medicine in Pediatrics
Greenberg Cardiology Division
Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
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New York, NY 10021, USA
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Received Date: June 03, 2015; Accepted Date: July 07, 2015; Published Date: July 14, 2015
Citation: Singh HA (2015) A Contemporary Review of Acute Aortic Dissection. Emerg Med (Los Angel) 5:274. doi:10.4172/2165-7548.1000274
Copyright: © 2015 Singh HA. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Acute aortic dissection is one of the most rapidly fatal clinical entities that can be encountered in the emergency department setting. Prompt establishment of the diagnosis, through focused physical examination and non-invasive imaging, followed by rapid medical and surgical therapy, are the only effective methods to alter survival in patients with acute aortic dissection. The aim of this paper is to perform an up-to-date clinical review of acute aortic dissection including its epidemiology, risk factors, clinical presentation, algorithms in establishing the diagnosis, and of available medical and surgical therapies.