A 44-year-old member asked:
what is coarctation of the aorta?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Barton Cook answered
30 years experience Pediatric Cardiology
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.
Answered on Nov 23, 2013
Dr. Matthias Peuster answered
8 years experience Pediatric Cardiology
Narrowing of alrta: Coarctation is a narrowing of the main vessel (aorta). It leads to hypertension and increased work for the heart. Untreated it leads to stroke coronary disease and death. Therapeutic options are surgery or catheter therapy.
Answered on Mar 9, 2015
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