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What are the consequences of coarctation of the aorta?

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Dr. Steven Shayani
Cardiology 33 years experience
Many complications: Some of the complications that may occur are high blood pressure, rupture of the aorta, stroke, premature heart disease and weakening or bulging of arteries in the brain. If aortic coarctation is left untreated, it could unfortunately lead to heart disease, heart failure and death.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Early death: Untreated, it leads to congestive heart failure, stroke and death. (luckily, nowadays, it can be treated).
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Pediatric Cardiology 16 years experience
Many: There are many. In younger patients it can lead to profound lack of blood flow to the body, organ injury, and even death. In adults, it most commonly causes hypertension, but also limits blood flow to organs and can also cause organ damage. Patients with coarctation are also at greater risk of coronary artery disease, for incompletely understood reasons.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What are the consequences of coarctation of the aorta in a child?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Hypertension: Untreated coarctation causes severe hypertension. Left untreated, severe hypertension can lead to stroke, aortic aneurysm, aortic dissection, and congestive heart failure. Luckily, in the modern era, coarctation is manageable.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What is coarctation of the aorta?

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Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 31 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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