Physical Exam and Diagnostic Warning
To start the week we will look at the third column of the poster. This section is specifically for first responders and health care professionals.
Some of the most important moments in diagnosing an Aortic Dissection happen just before a CT scan. It's the changes that are noted during the physical exam. Noticing these physical changes combined with other symptoms and risk factors is integral to achieving the right diagnosis.
It is important to note that tests like an EKG and blood tests can all appear normal, potentially ruling out heart attack but not
necessarily ruling out an aortic emergency.