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What is coarctation of the aorta?

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Dr. Barton Cook
Pediatric Cardiology 32 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.
Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology 10 years experience
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.
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Vascular Surgery 22 years experience
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.
Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
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.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

What are some of the symptoms of coarctation of the aorta?

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Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 19 years experience
Unequal BP: With a coarct or "pinching" of the aorta, you might have high blood pressure in the top of your body and low pressure in the lower part of your body. In most cases it is mild and incidentally found. Coarct is also associated with other congenital abnormalities and a cardiologist should be consulted.
A 40-year-old member asked:

When is coarctation of the aorta diagnosed?

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Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 21 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).
A 46-year-old member asked:

Can you cure coarctation of the aorta?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 56 years experience
Yes, sortof: Well the treatment is surgery to remove the blockage which will correct the problem. So if there is successful surgery, the problem has been "cured." of course, if there are complications such as persisting high blood pressure or surgical complicatons, perhaps the word cure is not quite appopriate. And the patient will have a scar.
A 50-year-old member asked:

What are the consequences of coarctation of the aorta?

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Dr. Steven Shayani
Cardiology 34 years experience
Many complications: Some of the complications that may occur are high blood pressure, rupture of the aorta, stroke, premature heart disease and weakening or bulging of arteries in the brain. If aortic coarctation is left untreated, it could unfortunately lead to heart disease, heart failure and death.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What is the prognosis for coarctation of the aorta?

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Dr. Bradley Radwaner
Cardiology 42 years experience
Excellent: Once diagnosed coarctation of the aorta requires surgical correction to remove the area of severely narrowed aortic tissue. The diagnosis should be made in early childhood by a pediatrician and then surgically corrected . If this condition escapes detection untill adult life it is still completely treated by surgical repair. It can accompany other abnormalities including those of the aortic valve.

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