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Aortic Dissection

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What is Aortic Dissection?

Aortic dissection refers to a “tearing” of the lining of the aorta, the main blood vessel that pumps blood away from the heart to the body. This tearing can cause weakening or even rupture of the aorta and is commonly associated with enlargement of the aorta (aneurysm).

Aortic dissection also can be caused by atherosclerosis, trauma, genetic disorders, or inflammatory disorders.

Symptoms of Aortic Dissection

Symptoms include a “tearing” chest pain that radiates to the back or symptoms similar to a heart attack. Rarely, the condition has no symptoms.

UR Medicine's Treatments for Aortic Dissection

Several tests are used for diagnosis, including echocardiogram, CT scan, cardiac MRI, and TEE (Transesophageal echocardiogram).

Treatment depends on the type of the dissection. Ascending aortic dissection (type A) is best treated surgically. Descending aortic dissection (type B) is usually treated with blood pressure control. In severe cases, a surgical procedure called TEVAR (thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair) is sometimes needed.

What Sets Us Apart?

UR Medicine leads the Rochester metropolitan area and surrounding region in the number and scope of specialized services to repair these types of conditions. Our experts include vascular and endovascular surgeons, cardiovascular surgeons, interventional cardiologists, and cardiovascular imaging specialists.

We work with patients to understand the benefits and risks of each treatment option, while coordinating consultations with our full range of specialists to provide a seamless experience for patients and their families.

Our specialty programs ensure that you get the very latest treatments.


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18 locations

Cardiac Care - Brighton

Clinton Crossings, Building G
2400 South Clinton Avenue, 1st Floor
Rochester, NY 14618

Cardiac Care - Dansville

Noyes Memorial Hospital
111 Cara Barton Street
Dansville, NY 14437

Cardiac Care - Canandaigua - Canandaigua

Thompson Professional Building
395 West Street, Suite 307
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Cardiac Care - Rochester

Highland Hospital
1000 South Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620

Cardiac Care - Irondequoit

999 East Ridge Road, Suite 1000
Rochester, NY 14621

Cardiac Care - Penfield

1835 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road, Suite 200
Penfield, NY 14526

Cardiac Care - Henrietta

Red Creek (Calkins Corporate Park)
600 Red Creek Drive, Suite 100
Rochester, NY 14623

Cardiac Care - Seneca Falls

Lifecare Medical Associates
1991 Balsley Road
Seneca Falls, NY 13148

Cardiac Care - Brockport

Strong West
156 West Avenue, 3rd Floor
Brockport, NY 14420

Cardiac Care - Wellsville

Jones Memorial Hospital
191 North Main Street
Wellsville, NY 14895

Cardiac Rehabilitation - Hornell

St. James Medical Office Building
7309 Seneca Road North, Suite 104
Hornell, NY 14843

Cardiac Rehabilitation Center - Brighton

Canal View Office Complex
140 Canal View Boulevard, Suite 104
Rochester, NY 14623

Paul N. Yu Heart Center - Rochester

Ambulatory Care Center at Strong Memorial Hospital
601 Elmwood Avenue, Ground Floor
Rochester, NY 14626

Cardiac Care - Brighton

140 Canal View Boulevard, Suite 102
Rochester, NY 14623

Cardiac Rehabilitation - Canandaigua

FF Thompson Hospital
350 Parrish Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Cardiac Rehabilitation - Wellsville

Jones Memorial Hospital
191 North Main St​reet
Wellsville, NY 14895

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