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How does a doctor check femoral pulses for aortic coarctation?

How does a doctor check femoral pulses for aortic coarctation?

Using fingers:: During a physical exam, the doctor may find that a person with a coarctation has higher blood pressure in the arms than in the legs. The doctor also might hear a heart murmur or notice that the pulses felt in the groin area or on the feet are weak or even absent. ...Read more

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


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Can you tell me what "femoral pulses to exclude aortic coarctation" mean?

Can you tell me what "femoral pulses to exclude aortic coarctation" mean?

Yes: Coarctation of the aorta (coa) refers to a heart defect characterized by a narrowing of the aorta that interferes with blood flow to the lower part of the body. This results in strong pulses in the arms (brachial pulse) but weak or absent pulses in the legs (femoral pulse). The finding of normal femoral pulses makes significant coa unlikely. ...Read more

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Aortic coarctation , does it have many symptoms?

Aortic coarctation , does it have many symptoms?

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. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: aortic coarctation?

What is the definition or description of: aortic coarctation?

Narrowing: Aortic coarctation is a narrowing of the aorta, the main artery that delivers blood to your body. The "coarct" area is often just after the branch point of the arm and head vessels. As such, the head and arms have a high BP and the abdomen and kidneys are getting a lower bp. The kidney's do what they can to get better pressures by holding on to salts ( sodium) thus worsening the high bp. ...Read more

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Can you please explain to me how aortic coarctation can cause nothing of the ribs?

Notching: Notching. Because blood can't reach the left arm and lower body, the intercostal arteries (which run between the ribs) enlarge to bypass the area of blockage. Over time, this interferes with rib growth causing notches. ...Read more

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Rib notching and aortic coarctation, what to do?

Repair: A cardiovascular surgeon would be the most appropriate consultant for addressing a coarctation. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what's the auscultation-related sign of the aortic coarctation? I hear a thick harsh systolic sound in the aorta area. Is it?

Can anyone tell me what's the auscultation-related sign of the aortic coarctation? I hear a thick harsh systolic sound in the aorta area. Is it?

Coarctation: There may be a click or systolic ejection murmur over the aortic area, but that would be related to a bicuspid AV, which can occur with the coarctation. The most common and indicative findings are hypertension or elevated pressures in the upper extremities with lower pressure and diminished pulses in the lower extremities. The actual findings depend on the location of the narrowing. ...Read more

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How do doctors diagnose coarctation of the aorta?

Physical and Echo: A good physical exam with multiple blood pressure measurements can essentially diagnose it. With the advent of echo, i assume pretty much every cardiologist would officially diagnose with an echo (even in the most remote regions of the world). ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Aortic Coarctation (Definition)

Of the aorta, usually between the aortic arch and left subclavian artery takeoff. Results in difference of BP between the left and right arms. Can cause chest pain and other symptoms, including very high bp. It can be treated with a stent ...Read more