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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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Why would you treat children with coarctation of the aorta?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Heart Failure: Mostly we may treat coarctation because it often puts a severe strain on the heart muscle, which can lead to permanent heart damage and even death. The cure is generally surgery.
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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.

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