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What does coarctation of the aorta mean?

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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.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

What does it mean for an adult to have coarctation of the aorta?

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Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 20 years experience
Needs close followup: Coarctation of the aorta is a congenital abnormality, where portion of the aorta (large artery carrying blood out from the heart to rest of the body) is narrowed. It may be narrowed only slightly, so that no obstruction is noted in childhood, but adults may still develop: high blood pressure, early-onset coronary disease, or aorticaneurysm or dissection. Close surveillance is important.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What is coarctation of the aorta?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
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.

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