Medically Reviewed by Christopher G. Cunningham, MD
When your blood pressure is too high, the power of blood rushing like a roaring river can weaken your arteries from the inside. McLeod Vascular Surgeon Dr. Christopher Cunningham explains what can be done when blood rips the inner layers of the artery apart:
Here are some points from Dr. Cunningham’s video:
- The aorta – one of the key arteries – can develop two kinds of problems.
- Aneurysm Development is the slow weakening in the artery wall, causing a growing bulge. This may happen where the aorta from the heart splits to reach each leg.
- Aortic Dissection is caused, when the pressure of flowing blood causes layers of the artery to split internally.
- If the split (or dissection) extends down the aorta, critical blood supplies are cut off to your liver, intestines, kidneys, legs and spinal cord.
- Patients with Aortic Dissection require emergency treatment.
- If the problem is in the aorta near the heart, a cardiothoracic surgeon may handle the repair.
- The tear could go all the way through one of the heart valves, which control the direction of blood flow.
- If the problem is in the aorta away from the heart, a vascular surgeon may handle the procedure.
- The vascular surgeon can thread a small wire from the leg up to the point of the internal tear.
- A wire mesh stent is placed inside the damaged artery. It stops the tearing and directs the blood flow down through the strengthened area, often restoring flow to other arteries.
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