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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.
Dr. Howard Rubin
Cardiology 48 years experience
Coarctation: Usualky pretty good if corrected.
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Pediatric Cardiology 17 years experience
Generally Good: Prognosis does not depend on sex very much. It depends more on age of diagnosis and whether there are other significant medical conditions. In general, coarctation is easily treated with surgery or catheterization. And there tends to be 10-20% recurrence risk; most recurrences can be treated in the cath lab.

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What is the usual prognosis for a severe coarctation of the aorta?

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Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 29 years experience
Depends on treatment: Untreated coarctation can lead to debilitating claudication, heart failure, renal failure and death. However, coarctation should be a completely curable condition with excellent long term outcomes.
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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.

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