Symptoms of Aortic Dissections

An aortic dissection may develop without any symptoms, but this is not common. Symptoms depend where the aorta tears. They may include:

  • Severe chest and/or back pain between the shoulder blades
  • Abdominal pain
  • Numb, cold or paralyzed legs

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Northwestern Medicine Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute is a nationally recognized destination for those who require highly specialized cardiovascular care.
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