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Aortic coarctation , does it have many symptoms?

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Dr. Peter Karpawich
Pediatric Cardiology 46 years experience
Maybe: Aortic coarctation is a congenital narrowing of the main blood vessel leaving the heart. If the obstruction is severe, heart failure can result. If only mild narrowing, perhaps no symptoms. Diagnosis can be made by physical exam, chest xray and heart echocardiogram/doppler study.
Dr. David Malpass
Pediatric Cardiology 33 years experience
A few: Coarctation of the aorta may have no symptoms and be diagnosed after hypertension is detected. When severe, infants may present with shock or congestive heart failure. Other symptoms: headaches, chest pain, fainting, leg cramps during exercise, and cold feet.

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