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Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by Matthew_V, Sep 16, 2003.
Aortic dissection is not a "common" problem, but is seen in about 1-3% of autopsies. Here is a nice article that speaks in general terms:
and more medical/scientific:
Hope that satisfies your curiosity.
Not that non-followers of the round football would be interested, but the manager of Liverpool FC, Gerard Houllier, suffered the same thing a year or two ago. Fortunately, surgery saved his life, he was on leave for about 5 months, before returning to his post.
(Thanks for the interesting links Chris)
My uncle, age 44, passed away from the same condition a few months ago.
I seem to recall that in many cases being prone to it is something that you're born with.
A couple years back my neighbor's dad fell dead on my driveway while playing street hockey. He died of this same thing. Scary stuff. The report came back and said it was something he was born with and it was only a matter of time. Also, that searching for something like this is almost impossible.
Probably the abuse of drugs like cocaine, that ups your blood pressure.
Why are you so concerned about this, anyway? Just because it's kind of scary?
Drugs are bad, mmmkay...
Nothing to apologize for, I was just curious about the interest. I gotta tell you though, it doesn't bear too much thinking about things like this unless you plan on doing some kind of research project or something. Gets you down.