A 43-year-old member asked:
Can you describe coarctation of the aorta?
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Cardiology 37 years experience
See below: It is a restriction of the aorta at the level of the ligament near the left arm into the aorta. It will cause high pressure in the arms and low pressure in the legs, with decreased pulse in the legs, leading to congestive heart failure. And at the end, the heart may fail, leading to edema.
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Cardiology 44 years experience
Test needed: Corta with stenosis usually onthe arch area
bp difference between arms and lower BP in legs diagnosed and treated with tests easly now a days cardiac MRI and aorta mra will be a defenite test.
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Pediatric Cardiology 17 years experience
Narrowing: It is narrowing of the aorta (largest artery in the body). It is classified by severity (size of narrowing and pressure difference across it) as well as location (relative to the head-and-neck vessels).
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A 44-year-old member asked:
What is coarctation of the aorta?
4 doctor answers • 7 doctors weighed in
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.
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Last updated Aug 4, 2015
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