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What are some of the symptoms of coarctation of the aorta?

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Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 19 years experience
Unequal BP: With a coarct or "pinching" of the aorta, you might have high blood pressure in the top of your body and low pressure in the lower part of your body. In most cases it is mild and incidentally found. Coarct is also associated with other congenital abnormalities and a cardiologist should be consulted.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
None: There are no symptoms unless you have stroke. Coarct causes high blood pressure and aneurysm that can rupture.
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Pediatric Cardiology 17 years experience
Many: Coarctation symptoms depend on the severity. Many people have no symptoms. But symptoms may include leg/abdominal pain, abdominal cramps, headache (from hypertension), and possibly chest pain if severe. If concerned, please discuss this with your cardiologist.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

What are the most common symptoms of coarctation of the aorta?

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Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Milleranswered
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Headache, Cold feet: Coarctation is a constriction somewhere along the path of the aorta. The symptoms largely depend on where the constriction is. You can have high pressure above and normal to low pressure below. These both cause symptoms like headache (from the high blood pressure) and exercise intolerance and pain in the legs along with cold feet (from the low pressure).
A 44-year-old member asked:

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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