Aortic Aneurysm And Dissection is sometimes misdiagnosed as Back Pain

It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Back Pain, when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Aortic Aneurysm And Dissection.

Acute aortic dissection (AAD) is a life threatening condition in which, a tear occurs in the aorta - the vessel that supplies blood from your heart to the rest of your body. Symptoms of aortic dissection mimic those of other common heart issues and include severe chest pain, loss of consciousness, shortness of breath. This confusion for other heart issues can lead to delays in correct diagnosis for about 35% of patients. Every hour that a patient is not being treated correctly increases their chances of dying by 1-2%.

Always consult your doctor or health professional, and do not self diagnose.

Symptoms can include:

Severe sudden stomach pain, severe sudden chest or upper back pain, loss of consciousness, shortness of breath, sudden vision problems, difficulty speaking, weak pulse in one arm or thigh, leg pain, difficulty walking, weakness or paralysis on one side of body

Symptoms are a guideline only and may apply to either the diagnosis or the reported misdiagnosis, or both. Consult your specialist for further information.

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