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Have a novel guideline of American Heart Association outlived usefulness in early differentiated diagnosis of acute aortic dissection

Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery20138 (Suppl 1) :P10

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  • Myocardial Infarction
  • Early Diagnosis
  • Acute Myocardial Infarction
  • Risk Group
  • Risk Score


Acute aortic dissection (AAD) is a potentially fatal condition that requires rapid assessment and treatment. The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology suggested new guidelines for early diagnosis of AAD in 2010, and so we applied retrospectively that system to our known patients with AAD in a community hospital.


We reviewed 166 patients with confirmed AAD regardless of types from January 2000 to April 2013. We evaluated 12 newly proposed risks, based on the new guideline.


Abrupt onset of pain was the most frequent symptom (67.4%). 6 patients (3.6%) were grouped under the low risk, 88 patients (53.0%) under the intermediate risk, and 72 patients (43.4%) under the high risk. 90 patients (54.2%) demonstrated a widened mediastinum in the chest X-rays. 3 patients showed a mediastinal widening among 6 patients with low risk. In 7 patients (4.2%), were initially diagnosed with acute myocardial infarction, 3 patients were categorized as intermediate risk group (risk score 1) and the others as a high risk of AAD (risk score 2).


The risk score system in new guidelines detected ADD with high sensitivity. But, in addition to applying the new guideline, having high suspicion for AAD enables the early diagnosis to be more accurate.

Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Gachon University, Gil Hospital, Incheon, Republic of Korea


© Park et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2013

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