A 34-year-old member asked:
How is coarctation of the aorta treated for adults?
3 doctor answers • 9 doctors weighed in
Depends on severity: The severity of aorta coarctation is defined by the pressure gradient it causes--i.e. How much it obstructs blood flow across it. If this is severe enough, surgical correction is often needed. However, sometimes interventional techniques using catheters can be used at specialized centers. Importantly, follow-up care is crucial to detect other problems that are often associated with this diagnosis.
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Dr. Mark Rasakanswered
Cardiology 35 years experience
Stent vs surgery: Once diagnosed other defects that are associated need to be found and treated. Berry aneurysms in the brain and bicuspid aortic vales should be looked for and treated. Other defcts like PFO and mitral valve defects should be sought. Otherwise coarctation can be treated with percutaneous ballon angioplasty , stent placement or surgically.Sugical appraoch for infants, stenting for older pts usually.
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Dr. Sarosh Batlivalaanswered
Pediatric Cardiology 18 years experience
Procedure : The general rule is that coarctation that is significant enough to cause symptoms/signs (e.g. Hypertension) will require a procedure to be corrected. Those options are either surgery or catheterization. Most can dealt with in the cath lab. Please discuss your case with your cardiologist.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
What does it mean for an adult to have coarctation of the aorta?
3 doctor answers • 6 doctors weighed in
Needs close followup: Coarctation of the aorta is a congenital abnormality, where portion of the aorta (large artery carrying blood out from the heart to rest of the body) is narrowed. It may be narrowed only slightly, so that no obstruction is noted in childhood, but adults may still develop: high blood pressure, early-onset coronary disease, or aorticaneurysm or dissection. Close surveillance is important.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Can you tell me what is coarctation of the aorta and how is it treated?
1 doctor answer • 2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Calvin Weisbergeranswered
53 years experience
Co arctation of aort: Read this: http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/diseases-conditions/coarctation-of-the-aorta/basics/definition/con-20031772.
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