I was out surfing the web today and for some reason, I seem to always come back to the value of the “D-dimer” testing in the ER room to help determine if you might have a dissected ascending aorta.
I stumbled across a great article, Study shows rare good news about aortic dissection
In a study performed by an international team led by specialists at the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center, patients suspected of having AD had dramatically elevated results on the D-Dimer blood test, which is commonly used to rule out dangerous blood clots.Combined with other blood testing, routine use of D-Dimer could help distinguish patients with an AD from those experiencing an acute heart attack. Treatments for the two conditions are totally different, and rapid diagnosis can be life-saving for AD patients.“Because aortic dissection is a disease that’s rare and symptoms can mimic those of a heart attack, it is often overlooked or misdiagnosed,” says senior investigator Kim Eagle, M.D., co-director of the U-M Cardiovascular Center and the Albion Walter Hewlett Professor of Internal Medicine. “This test will change how we manage patients with sudden chest or back pain presenting to our emergency departments.”