AorticDissection.com-What is an Aortic Dissection?
In my own terms, it's a "tearing" of the
lining of the aorta wall. The way that I understand it is that they
aorta is like a garden hose. It has 3 linings of which I believe the
inside lining usually is the one to tear and create the dissection.
Once this happens, you go from having not
only a "true lumen" path but now a more powerful path called a "false
lumen." In my case, my tear runs all the way from about half way up my
carotid artery all the way to my left leg. This is not uncommon
either. However, I only had about an inch of my "ascending" aorta
replaced with the Dacron tubing.
Here's some technical
definitions and diagrams:
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