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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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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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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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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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What can you use to closing up a body piercing with minimal scarring?

What can you use to closing up a body piercing with minimal scarring?

Leave it alone: In most cases, piercing will close on their own when left alone. Good luck from nyc. ...Read more

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What to do to prevent a body piercing from getting infected?

Body piercings: New piercings are usually cleaned twice a day. Do not twist jewelry / post. Saturate gauze w saline solution (pinch of sea salt in warm water), place on piercing & allow it to gently drip into the piercing. Or you can buy pressurized saline solution at a drug store. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a body piercing to completely heal?

How long does it take for a body piercing to completely heal?

Varies: Average healing times by piercing locations. Facial – usually 6 to 12 weeks, ear cartilage 6 to 12 weeks, oral or tongue – 3 to 6 weeks, nipple - 2 to 4 months, genital – up to 9 months and navel – up to 12 months. See: http://piercingu.com/piercing-healing-time/ ...Read more

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Can a body piercing cause meningitis?

Can a body piercing cause meningitis?

Meningitis: If it is not done in a sterile fashion, infection can spread in the body, which can include meningitis as well. ...Read more

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If body piercing and tattoo infection is severe, does the patient need to have a surgery?

If body piercing and tattoo infection is severe, does the patient need to have a surgery?

Potentially: In some situations - if not responsive to antibiotics and other more conservative measures. ...Read more

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What body piercing hurts the most?

What body piercing hurts the most?

Nipple & genital: 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. ...Read more

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What is Body piercing a risk factor for?

Body peircing: Body piercing carries with risk of infection some of which can have serious consequences like Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV. ...Read more

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What are the tell-tale signs that your body piercing is infected?

Infections: Check for signs of infection: ^'ed redness, warmth, swelling. ^'ed tenderness, pus, red streaking, swollen lymph nodes or fever. Recommend keeping piercing in place unless directed by Dr (if removed – drainage tract will close up w ^'ed risk of abscess formation). Call Dr for medical evaluation. Your Dr may prescribe oral antibiotics or antibiotic ointments to apply to piercing site. ...Read more

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I might have something called coarctation of the aorta; what is it; can you treat it w/o surgery?

I might have something called coarctation of the aorta; what is it; can you treat it w/o surgery?

Maybe : Coarctation of the aorta is a narrowing of the aorta usually present from birth. It is most often treated with open surgery but endovascular stent grafts are being attempted. Medical management alone cannot change this anatomical problem. ...Read more

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Which is more dangerous, a hole in the heart or coarctation of the aorta?

Which is more dangerous, a hole in the heart or coarctation of the aorta?

Apples/oranges: Since there are variations in the size of any hole or the amount of tightness in any coarctation the question cannot have a simple answer. Some holes close without treatment, some produce heart failure without treatment. Some coarctations need urgent surgery while others can go years without treatment. ...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