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Aortic Emergencies

This topic is a part of the E-learning programme (ESCeL) on Acute Cardiovascular Care which offers a portfolio of 79 chapters among 11 sections.

The topic comprises four core courses which when completed provide a detailed overview of aortic emergencies.

The aim is to improve knowledge in this area thereby improving patient outcomes.

Several key areas are discussed in more detail in other courses of the ESCeL project, including:

  • Chest pain and chest pain units
  • Echocardiography and thoracic ultrasound
  • Computed tomography angiography and other applications of computed tomography


These courses are based on the chapter: 62. Aortic Emergencies of the ESC Textbook of Intensive and Acute Cardiovascular Care, 2nd edition 2015 by Parla Astarci, Laurent de Kerchove and Gébrine el Khoury

What’s inside?

Four courses on:

  • Acute aortic syndromes  
  • Clinical presentation of AAD and diagnosis  
  • Treatment of acute aortic dissection type A
  • Treatment of acute aortic dissection type B

Each course ends with a MCQs test.

How to access online courses?

Make sure to log in with your My ESC account (Username and Password) to access topics included in your membership level.

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Course Co-ordinator

  • Sofie Gevaert
  • Susanna Price

Course Contributors

  • Gustavo Lima da Silva
  • Sarah Davidson
  • Sofie Gevaert