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- A major chest injury, such as an auto accident
- A hereditary connective tissue disorder
- Nearing the end of a pregnancy
- Untreated syphilis
- Sudden, ripping pain in the chest and or back
- Shortness of breath
- Sudden weakness
- Follow and control blood pressure
- Ask your doctor to check you over if you have any of the risk factors for aortic dissection
- Keep high cholesterol under control through diet and/or medications
American Heart Association http://www.heart.org
Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians http://familydoctor.org
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
The College of Family Physicians of Canada http://www.cfpc.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael J. Fucci, DO
- Review Date: 12/2013 -
- Update Date: 08/20/2014 -
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