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What does it mean for an adult to have coarctation of the aorta?

What does it mean for an adult to have coarctation of the aorta?

Needs close followup: Coarctation of the aorta is a congenital abnormality, where portion of the aorta (large artery carrying blood out from the heart to rest of the body) is narrowed. It may be narrowed only slightly, so that no obstruction is noted in childhood, but adults may still develop: high blood pressure, early-onset coronary disease, or aorticaneurysm or dissection. Close surveillance is important. ...Read more

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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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Why coarctation of aorta gets worsen with vsd?

More info: A vsd doesn't worsen coarctation. They are 2 heart defects that can be seen together with some frequency, but the vsd doesn't make the other worse. ...Read more

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What chromosome abnormalities are accompanied by coarctation of aorta?

What chromosome abnormalities are accompanied by coarctation of aorta?

See below:: Doctors don't know for sure why certain people are born with coarctaton of the aorta (coa). Coa is fairly common in girls born with turner syndrome, a genetic disorder in which one of a girl's two x chromosomes is incomplete or missing. ...Read more

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Can coarctation of aorta cause cyanosis? Is cyanosis due to hypoxia?

Can coarctation of aorta cause cyanosis? Is cyanosis due to hypoxia?

Not in isolation: Coarctation only causes cyanosis when it is associated with other heart disease that allows blue blood to cross over to the red blood side. Cyanosis occurs in two situations: 1. When blue blood gets to the red blood side ("right-to-left shunting) or 2. When blood is not fully oxygenated in the lungs ("pulmonary venous desaturation"). ...Read more

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Why doesn't coarctation of aorta affect the 1st and 2nd intercostal arteries?

Why doesn't coarctation of aorta affect the 1st and 2nd intercostal arteries?

Coarctation of aorta: Coarctation of the aorta is a narrowing of the aorta, so if the narrowing is below the 1st or 2nd intercostal artery then likely those arteries would not be affected. Also there is a good collateral circulation along the spinal cord which helps to protect the circulation. ...Read more

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How effective are spider vein treatments? What is the average cost? I have had vsd and coarctation of aorta repair as a baby as well.

How effective are spider vein treatments? What  is the average cost? I have had vsd and coarctation of aorta repair as a baby  as well.

Spider vein therapy: Are the spider veins on you face or legs? Average cost depends on are and modality of treatment, i.e. Sclerotherapy or laser treatment. I recommend that you have a consult with a few providers to discuss your best options. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have had vsd repair and coarctation of aorta am i more susceptible for heart attack. Warning signs? How to tell if its a heart attack or anxiety?

I have had vsd  repair and coarctation of aorta am i more susceptible for heart attack. Warning signs? How to tell if its a heart attack  or anxiety?

Possibly: Patients with coarctation are, unfortunately, at greater risk of coronary artery disease. The reason is not well understood, but there is good evidence to support this. Please discuss the warning signs with your doctor; but they include severe chest pain, palpitations, arm pain, sweating, fainting, difficulty breathing. Please seek medical attention immediately if you are concerned. ...Read more

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Why coarctation of aorta in infantile, cause passes of the blood from pulmonary artery to the aorta through pda?

Plumbing!: Blood must get to the body, else the fetus would not survive. The same is true once the baby is born. In utero, blood flows from pulm artery (pa) to aorta (ao) normally. Once born, the blood continues to flow this way so that blood can get to the body. When the PDA closes, the child becomes very sick. ...Read more

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