Most people aren't familiar with an aortic dissection until it happens to them or to someone they know. It's a relatively rare but potentially fatal condition. It is seen most frequently in older men between 60 and 80. People with high blood pressure are also more likely to suffer an aortic dissection than those with normal blood pressure.
An aortic dissection occurs when a large blood vessel near the heart tears. Blood seeps through the tear and causes a separation or dissection in the aorta.
Because the symptoms resemble those of other conditions, including a stroke, doctors don't always properly diagnose an aortic dissection in a timely manner. Symptoms may include heartburn, stabbing back pain, nausea and a blood pressure drop.
An aortic dissection requires surgery to repair the tear. Therefore, a failure to accurately diagnose and treat the condition lessens the patient's chances of survival. Victims of an aortic dissection have died because their condition was not correctly diagnosed or treated.
At Freidin Brown, P.A., we've been handling cases involving the misdiagnosis of aortic dissection for more than four decades. We help victims of this misdiagnosis and surviving loved ones whose family members have died due to a failure to properly diagnose the condition get the compensation they deserve via civil lawsuits, including wrongful death suits. We also help those who have suffered because a surgical error caused an aortic dissection.