Quick Facts:

  • The aorta is the main blood vessel carrying blood from the heart to the rest of the body.
  • An aortic aneurysm is a widening, bulge, or ballooning of a portion of the aorta.
  • An aortic dissection is a tear between the layers of the aorta, which can cause an aneurysm or rupture.
  • Approximately 10,000 people experience aortic dissections annually.
  • Fast, accurate diagnosis of dissection is imperative: 50% of patients with undiagnosed aortic dissection die within 48 hours, a death rate of approximately 1% per hour.

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For patients and caregivers

Aortic aneurysms and dissections are potentially life-threatening conditions. Frequently, these conditions are wrongly described as “undetectable” – but, in fact, in many cases they are detectable. Risk factors can be managed. And with greater awareness and education of patients and healthcare professionals, lives can be saved. Learn more on the pages below: