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Aortic dissection is a medical condition in which the inner layer of the aorta, the largest artery in the body, tears. This tear causes blood to flow between the layers of the aorta wall, creating a false channel or 'dissection' that can extend along the length of the aorta. Aortic dissection is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention. Symptoms of aortic dissection NOS may include chest pain, shortness of breath, and a feeling of impending doom. Treatment for aortic dissection typically involves medications to reduce blood pressure and surgery to repair the tear in the aorta.
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