An aortic dissection can lead to:

  • Death, due to severe internal bleeding, including into the lining around the heart (pericardial sac)
  • Organ damage, such as kidney failure or life-threatening damage to the intestines
  • Stroke, possibly including paralysis
  • Aortic valve damage, such as causing the aortic valve to leak (aortic regurgitation)
Nov. 11, 2011