Symptoms of Thoracic Aortic Disease

Diseases of the thoracic aorta develop slowly and typically, without any symptoms (asymptomatic), especially thoracic aortic aneurysms. However, if symptoms are present, they may include:

  • Chest pain
  • Back pain
  • Hoarseness
  • Wheezing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Cough

The most common types of aortic aneurysms are thoracic and abdominal. In addition, the following can signal a more serious condition:

  • Sudden and severe chest pain
  • Fainting
  • Leg pain or numbness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness

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