A 44-year-old member asked:
what sort of disease is coarctation of the aorta?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Jeffrey Miller answered
50 years experience Rheumatology
Inherited blood vesl: This artery narrowing happens during blood vessel growth in the fetus, and can rarely be diagnosed before birth. Many narrowings have to be fixed surgically to prevent death or severe disability.
Answered on Apr 10, 2014
Dr. Barton Cook answered
30 years experience 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 on Feb 25, 2017
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