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What are the tests for coarctation of the aorta?

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Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Coarctation : Good physical exam, chest x-ray, possibly ct angiogram or mra of aorta.

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What is coarctation of the aorta?

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Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 32 years experience
Congenital defect: It is a narrowing of the aorta, the major blood vessel that branches off your heart and delivers blood to your body. It is usually congenital, and may range from mild to severe. Surgery may be required as a newborn if critical. It may not be detected until older, depending on severity. It often occurs along with other heart defects. It requires surgery or catheter balloon and/or stenting.

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