Acute and Chronic Aortic Dissection
Participant Age Range
18 years and older
“The (IRAD) International Registry for Acute Aortic Dissection”
Aortic dissection is a catastrophe of the aorta associated with high mortality, in which early detection and a high clinical index of suspicion is crucial to effective treatment. Because aortic dissection is seen much less frequently than other cardiac conditions, awareness of the disease is necessary to ensure rapid diagnosis and treatment. Given the relative rarity of this disease, and the importance of immediate treatment, randomized trials of aortic dissection patients have not been done. Furthermore, there are few established guidelines regarding the most effective treatment for type A and type B dissections. Addressing these limitations will allow for more effective education, treatment, and long-term management regarding this condition. Based on the inherent challenges to studying acute aortic dissection discussed above, one way to forward our knowledge of this disease is to establish a registry with representation from a variety of institutions. The International Registry of Aortic Dissection (IRAD) was created in 1996 by cardiovascular specialists committed to expanding current knowledge of aortic dissection with the goal of improving patient outcomes. IRAD is an ongoing observational registry designed to capture clinical data from acute dissection patients presenting at multinational participating hospitals. The primary objective of the IRAD registry is to elucidate information about acute aortic dissection patients and disseminate findings through peer-reviewed publications to corroborate clinician behavior and societal guidelines concerning this disease.