Aortic Dissection


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Expiration Date

28 Feb 2026

Last Reviewed

1 Mar 2023

Estimated Time To Finish

150 Minutes

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Activity Description

While uncommon, acute aortic dissection is an infrequent but catastrophic disorder. Patients present with tearing chest pain that radiates to the back. It is essential to differentiate aortic dissection from other causes of chest pain. This activity describes the etiology, classification, pathophysiology, evaluation, and management of aortic dissection and highlights the role of interprofessional teams in improving outcomes for such patients.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Describe the etiology of patients with aortic dissection.
  • Outline the evaluation in patients with aortic dissection.
  • Review the conservative and surgical treatment options available for patients with aortic dissection.
  • Explain interprofessional team strategies for enhancing care coordination to facilitate rapid diagnosis and targeted management of patients with aortic dissection.


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This activity is reported to the following Maintenance of Certification (MOC) boards:
American Board of Anesthesiology
  • Cardiac Anesthesia
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • General Operative Anesthesia
American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Hospital Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
American Board of Pathology
  • Cardiovascular
  • Clinical Pathology
American Board of Pediatrics
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • General Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Cardiology
  • Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
American Board of Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Surgical Critical Care
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgery

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