Another Reason to Monitor Blood Pressure

by updated 2010/12/12

Heart Model

"A" is the aorta

As if we needed something else to worry about, this week torn aortas will be in the news.  I had never heard of this problem before although 10,000 people a year in the U.S. suffer from one.  I suppose 10,000 people in a country of 311 million is not that big of a percentage.  But, when taken alone, 10,000 is a lot of people and if it happens to your or one of your loved ones, percentages don’t matter.  I have seen reports that high blood pressure accounts for 3/4ths of the cases.  I wonder what causes the remaining 25%?  Although it may be just the genetic luck of the draw like so many other health problems, I think this is another one that can be limited to some extent by our choices.  Sometimes there is nothing that could have been done to prevent a health tragedy,  but we can put the odds in our favor with wise  diet and lifestyle choices.

Here is a good summary article describing a torn aorta.  Richard Holbrooke has had a few moments of controversy in his diplomatic career and some say has been a small part of the Wall Street financial services gang that gets so much bad PR these days.  But overall he has been a dedicated and effective public official who has served us well for almost 50 years.  I am sure we all wish him a complete and speedy recovery.

Will Sig
1 Dev

The aorta has three layers of linings, & sometimes, a “torn aorta” involves only one of the layers. This actually recently happened to one of my friends, which is the only reason I know.,he had the two internal layers rupture all the way from his chest to his groin. For him, the treatment is to keep his blood pressure down, and allow the tears to heal themselves, and for the body to absorb the blood that got in between the layers.

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2 Dennis the Vizsla

Isn’t that what killed John Ritter?
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3 Will

I am glad your friend is OK now Dev. Unfortunately I heard on the news tonight that Mr. Holbrooke did not get through it.

I believe it is correct that John Ritter died of the same thing or what was called at the time “an undiagnosed aortic dissection”.

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4 Tony

Good point about the percentages not mattering if it’s you or a loved one. We so often don’t take a lot of notice of things that can severely affect our health till it affects someone close to us. The last tie I went to the doctors he told me I had the blood pressure of an 18 year old so I must be doing something right. Junk food is a rarity for me nowadays whereas I used to eat it a lot once.
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5 Tony McGurk

Good point about the percentages not mattering if it’s you or a loved one. We so often don’t take a lot of notice of things that can severely affect our health till it affects someone close to us. The last tie I went to the doctors he told me I had the blood pressure of an 18 year old so I must be doing something right. Junk food is a rarity for me nowadays whereas I used to eat it a lot once.

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6 Anna

I think we did all this, meaning created all these diseases, we want fast food, fast life style, stress in our lives – there will be consequences. It takes time to find out outcomes. Thanks for sharing Will, another good information. Anna :)
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