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Coarctation Of The Aorta
Arteriosclerosis: Arteriosclerosis is a hardening of the arteries. This happens from fat, cholesterol or other harmful substances stick to the wall of the artery and form a plaque. Over time, the plaque can grow and end up closing off most of the artery. This causes a decreased blood flow and you can get problems with the heart from not getting enough blood. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Narrowing: Coarctation usually occurs near the site of the pda. The PDA is a normal channel in the fetal circulation which helps blood bypass the lungs (since fetuses don't breathe). When the baby is born, the PDA constricts and closes. In some patients, the aorta also become constricted and leads to coarctation. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Coarctation: Usualky pretty good if corrected.Get a more detailed answer ›
Chest pain: Symptoms from coronary artery disease (CAD) can vary. The most common is angina and can include chest pain as well as pain in the arm, jaw, or abdomen. The pain typically gets worse with activity and better with rest. Shortness of breath can also develop, especially as the heart muscle begins to weaken from inadequate blood flow. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many complications: Some of the complications that may occur are high blood pressure, rupture of the aorta, stroke, premature heart disease and weakening or bulging of arteries in the brain. If aortic coarctation is left untreated, it could unfortunately lead to heart disease, heart failure and death. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Surgery/angioplasty: If aortic coarctation is severe enough to cause hypertension and/or heart failure, then treatments may include surgery or balloon angioplasty with or without aortic stenting. The choice of procedure depends on patient age, aortic arch anatomy, and co-existing cardiac and non-cardiac conditions. ...Read more
Restricted flow: A heart valve that is narrowed has a restriction on the amount of blood that can flow across it as the heart pumps. This restriction, often referred to as a "stenosis" can vary from very mild and insignificant to life threatening. A valve is usually measured by the area of the valve. As that area decreases the flow likewise decreases. When diagnosed early, many stenotic valves can be fixed. ...Read more
Excellent: If corrected in a timely fashion.Get a more detailed answer ›
It depends: Coarctation is usually detected routinely by noting a marked discrepancy in blood pressure between the arms and legs. This frequently is part of a work-up for severe hypertension--i.e. Resistant to medications, or occuring in an unusually young patient--which is a result of the obstruction to blood flow through the aorta (with build-up of pressure in the arms, where BP is routinely measured). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Accessory arteries: Normal variant of blood flow to kidney. ...Read more
Genes and lifestyle: Coronary thrombus is a clot in an artery that feeds the heart. Anything that damages or roughens the lining of the blood vessels could result in clot formation, such as elevated cholesterol and hypertension. Risk factors include family history of heart disease, being male, increasing age, elevated cholesterol or ldl, obesity, smoking, and being sedentary. ...Read more
Arteriosclerosis: Arteriosclerosis is a hardening of the arteries. This happens from fat, cholesterol or other harmful substances stick to the wall of the artery and form a plaque. Over time, the plaque can grow and end up closing off most of the artery. This causes a decreased blood flow and you can get problems with the extremities from them not getting enough blood. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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