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What is coarctation of the aorta?

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Dr. Barton Cook answered

Specializes in 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 11/23/2013

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Dr. Matthias Peuster answered

Specializes in Pediatrics - 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 3/9/2015

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Narrowing: Congenital narrowing of the aorta which is the main artery coming of the left side of the heart , typically affect aortic portion in the chest distal to left subclavian artery . It can present in babies but in mild cases it may have late presentation in adults.

Answered 8/19/2012

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Narrowing : This is a congenital condition that arises from abnormal maturation of the aorta relative to the heart and arteries for the lung. As a result, there is a narrowing of the aorta resulting in reduced outflow of blood from the heart.

Answered 3/26/2013

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