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When is coarctation of the aorta a problem?

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Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 20 years experience
Usually if obstructs: Generally, coarctation is a problem if it causes a severe obstruction to blood flow through the aorta, with build-up of high pressures on the near-side, and fall-off on the distal side. This can result in severe hypertension in the arms (and proximal regions), and poor perfusion to organs beyond the coarctation. There is also a risk of aorta aneurysm or dissection which must be watched for.
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Coarctation of aorta: It is a problem when you have it or when you have to deal with it....... If you have significant degree of coarctation it will cause a problem.
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Pediatric Cardiology 16 years experience
Depends: It depends on whether it is severe enough to cause symptoms or other health problems like hypertension. A very, very mild coarctation may not cause any problems (though this is rare). So it become a problem when it becomes a problem. For some, this occurs in infancy while others make only develop problems as an adult.

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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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