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What sort of disease is coarctation of the aorta?

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Dr. Jeffrey Miller
Rheumatology 52 years experience
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.
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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