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What causes an aortic dissection?

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An aortic dissection happens in places where your aortic wall is weak. Over time, high blood pressure can weaken your aortic tissue. Sometimes the weakness is from a condition you’re born with that affects the strength or size of your aorta. Marfan syndrome is one example.

In rare cases it’s caused by a traumatic injury to the chest, as can happen in a car accident, for example.

From: What is Aortic Dissection? WebMD Medical Reference

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Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 02, 2018

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Mayo Clinic: “Aortic Dissection.”

Medscape: “Aortic Dissection.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on August 02, 2018

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