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When is coarctation of the aorta diagnosed?

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Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 20 years experience
It depends: Coarctation is usually detected routinely by noting a marked discrepancy in blood pressure between the arms and legs. This frequently is part of a work-up for severe hypertension--i.e. Resistant to medications, or occuring in an unusually young patient--which is a result of the obstruction to blood flow through the aorta (with build-up of pressure in the arms, where BP is routinely measured).
Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 33 years experience
As an infant or adul: Diagnosis of coarct can be made by physical exam.Pt usually will have upper extremity hypertension with diminished lower extemity pulses.They usually a murmur. It can be continuous machine like murmur that radiates to the back or a murmur of bicuspid aortic valve disease whis is associated . Pts tend to die in their mid 30s if not treated.Usually from berry aneurysm in brain heart failure mi etc.
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Pediatric Cardiology 16 years experience
Depends: The time of diagnosis depends on the severity. Cases are diagnosed throughout life, with some cases diagnosed in the first days of life while others are diagnosed in adults. Again, the timing depends on when symptoms develop which lead to the work-up and diagnosis of coarctation.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

What test is used to diagnose coarctation of the aorta?

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Dr. Mark Milunski
Cardiology 37 years experience
Coarctation aorta: A specialized ct scan of the chest called a ct angiogram or a specialized MRI scan called in mr angiogram can be used to diagnose this condition.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

How is coarctation of the aorta diagnosed in babies?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Suspected by exam: Coarc can be suspected by exam (deminished pulses in legs vs rt arm). A cardiac ultrasound may identify the defect or a cardiologist may confirm the defect on a cardiac cathiterization.
A 30-year-old member asked:

How do doctors diagnose coarctation of the aorta?

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Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 20 years experience
Physical exam/scans: Coarctation, because it causes obstruction to blood flow through the aorta, will impede normal flow into the lower half of the body. Therefore, it can be detected by measuring accurate blood pressures in the legs and arms, and noting a severe drop-off in the legs. Ct or MRI scans are used to confirm the diagnosis and pinpoint the precise location of the coarctation.
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.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Is it common for children to be diagnosed with coarctation of the aorta?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
15/100,000 births: Coarctation of the aorta represents roughly 7% of congenital heart disease. It is more common in males & sometimes associated with other anomalies. I would have to call this a less than common defect.

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