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Can someone with coarctation of the aorta get a body piercing or a tattoo?

Can someone with coarctation of the aorta get a body piercing or a tattoo?

Yes... Carefully: Be careful and only go to a certified and approved site. People who have had cardiac surgery may be at increased risk for developing heart infections. Please discuss this with your doctor as they may recommend specific retailers that they know in your area. ...Read more

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Tattoos (Definition)

Tattoos on your breasts, or elsewhere, will not have any effect on your pregnancy or on breastfeeding your new baby. It may not be a good idea to get a new tattoo during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, because of the small risk of infection from the small breaks in the skin that ...Read more


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My son was born with hypoplastic coarctation aorta. As it was hypoplastic does that mean the problem occured during fetal/heart development?

Yes: Coarctation of the aorta is a congenital heart defect, meaning that it is an abnormality of cardiovascular development. Sometimes, there is associated aortic arch hypoplasia, which is probably what you are referring to. This combination requires a more extensive surgical repair for success. Generally, the arch hypoplasia is associated with more severe coarctation presenting early in life. ...Read more

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6 month son has heart checkup next month, operated for coarctation aorta at 1 week. Has bicispid valve and open pfo. Whats hould i be asking?

6 month son has heart checkup next month, operated for coarctation aorta at 1 week. Has bicispid valve and open pfo. Whats hould i be asking?

Depends: There are many things you could be asking. The most important is if there is any residual aortic obstruction and any aortic valve stenosis. Bicuspid aortic valves are common and can have no consequences, or they can become narrowed (rarely in infancy, but when older if at all). Pfo's are also common and do not require any treatment unless there are specific, rare issues, as an adult. ...Read more

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Son had surgery for coarctation aorta, brain was cooled to 25 degrees, are there any possible long term side effects associated with the brain cooling?

Son had surgery for coarctation aorta, brain was cooled to 25 degrees, are there any possible long term side effects associated with the brain cooling?

Yes: Long term issues are incompletely understood. There are fewer long term problems with deep hypothermia vs regular circulatory arrest. But both sets of patients have some behavioral and cognitive issues. Please discuss specific issues with your doctor. ...Read more

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16 month son had heart surgery for coarctation aorta.He also has bicuspid valve, 2 pulm veins into 1 on one side anat. Still has 1-2 murmur - usual ?

16 month son had heart surgery for coarctation aorta.He also has bicuspid valve, 2 pulm veins into 1 on one side anat. Still has 1-2 murmur - usual ?

Murmur : Heart murmur is not always abnormal. In children "innocent murmur" can be heard. Residual murmur may be related to the bicuspid valve or anomalous pulmonary venous return. Best to be followed by a pediatric cardiologist. ...Read more

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I had a coarctation of the aorta, can I get a tattoo?

I had a coarctation of the aorta, can I get a tattoo?

Caution needed...: Tattoos are invasive procedures, and can cause serious skin infections if precautions are not used. If you do decide to get a tattoo, you should consult a professional studio, make sure a sterilized needle is used, and the skin site should be thoroughly cleaned. Remember, less than sterile tattoo needles can also transmit hepatitis b and c, as well, so be careful! ...Read more

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Does getting a body piercing hurt long?

Does getting a body piercing hurt long?

Piercing pain: Each person has a different tolerance level for pain. The pain caused by a piercing depends on body location. Ear lobe piercings are usually tolerable. Piercings through cartilage hurt more. The tongue can be quite painful. Nipple & genital piercings have been described as very painful. The pain from doing the piercing is brief. ...Read more

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Aorta (Definition)

The aorta is the largest artery in the body, leaving directly from the left ventricle of the heart to supply blood to the entire body. It is made of elastic tissue layers called "intima" and is subject to damage by high blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol, ...Read more


Body Piercing (Definition)

Body piercing is the intentional piercing of ears, lips, noses, and skin of other parts of the body to create a place to attach rings or other jewelry to. Piercing in a risky location can lead to skin ...Read more