A cardiologist can diagnose and treat aortic dissection. But if surgery is required a cardiac surgeon will be consulted.
2. Is aortic dissection a genetic condition?
A genetic abnormality may increase a patient's risk for the condition. For instance, some families because of their genes may develop aortic aneurysms. However, in other cases, genes may not be the primary factor.
3. How will my doctors determine if or when I need surgery?
When aneurysms grow larger, surgery is recommended as they have a higher risk of rupturing or tearing. The aneurysm size at the time when surgery is advised depends on its location, the growth rate of the aneurysm and patient’s age.
4. How long is the hospital stay after surgery?
The average hospital stay is about 7-10 days. This is because the surgery for aortic dissections is invasive.
5. How often do I need to see the doctor after surgery?
You need to have your first postoperative visit in 4-6 weeks after the surgery. From then on, follow up visits need to be done every 6- 12 months.