What are symptoms of aortic aneurysms?
Most aneurysms have NO symptoms until they dissect or get extremely large.
What are symptoms of aortic dissection?
Symptoms of an aortic dissection may include:
- Sudden onset of sharp, severe chest pain (described as “sharp, tearing”)
- A sudden increase or decrease in blood pressure
For a comprehensive overview of symptoms, signs, management, and outcomes, see http://www.iradonline.org/pdf/iradjama.pdf.
(Hagan et al. The International Registry of Acute Aortic Dissection (IRAD): New Insights Into an Old Disease. JAMA. 2000;283:897-903.)