Aortic Dissection is a time critical-medical emergency

Without diagnosis and treatment, it is often fatal

When diagnosed and treated on time it has a better than 80% survival rate.

Those who do survive require specialised follow-up and monitoring.

For some patients with aortic dissection, there is a hereditary cause. Relatives of such patients should be screened to ensure that they are not at risk.

The diagnosis, follow-up and screening of patients with aortic dissection are not consistent.

Help us to drive the change to improve patient outcomes


of those suffering from an aortic dissection are misdiagnosed

people per year lose their lives from aortic dissection in the UK


of maternal deaths from cardiovascular causes are due to aortic dissection

lives could be saved per week with the correct diagnosis

“last year my previously very healthy mother attended A&E with every single symptom of Aortic Dissection and it was missed in every aspect.

She was told she had food poisoning and put on a ward; where 9 hours later she passed away at the age of 55. The lack of knowledge, management, skills & discussion around aortic dissection is simply inadequate and change needs to happen.”


“my 17 year old son died from an undiagnosed Aortic Dissection. This can happen to the very young too.

We need to ensure that A&E doctors are trained to look for and understand the signs of an Aortic Dissection.”


“My Brother who was 32, was treated for a heart attack, he went into hospital on a Friday and was kept there with no scans or specialist Doctors and died on the Sunday. This petition is so important.

He had told them my Grandad and Mom had died from an aneurysm and even then no one listened. Early diagnosis is crucial. How many others have lost their lives this way..”


“My stepfather passed away last month after having a type A aortic dissection. Throughout his 4 hour ordeal, he was not given the proper diagnosis and he died in hospital.

We as a family are devastated by our loss. Awareness has to be raised in order to save lives.”


How you can help

We are always looking for people to volunteer and support our charity. Find out how you can help and engage with The Aortic Dissection Charitable Trust

Our Mission


Educate Medical Professionals

Facilitate education for medical professionals and patients in the UK & Ireland across the patient pathway



Change Healthcare Policy

Work with those who are responsible for healthcare policy in the UK & Ireland to ensure that there is consistency in the provision of diagnosis for acute aortic dissection, specialised follow-up for survivors and access to clinical genetics for relatives



Promote medical research into the detection, prevention and treatment of aortic dissection

The Aortic Dissection Charitable Trust aims to save lives by improving the diagnosis of aortic dissection and bringing consistency of treatment across the whole patient pathway

Aortic Dissection is a time-critical medical emergency. Without diagnosis and treatment, it is often fatal.

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The Aortic Dissection Charitable Trust
UK Charity Number 1191420

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