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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


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What is the prognosis for females with coarctation of the aorta?

What is the prognosis for females with coarctation of the aorta?

Good: Females with coaractation have a good prognosis. Patients who are not treated for coarctation of the aorta may reach the age of 35 years; fewer than 20% survive to age 50 years. If coarctation is repaired before the age of 14 years, the 20-year survival rate is 91%. If coarctation is repaired after the age of 14 years, the 20-year survival rate is 79%. ...Read more

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What is the usual prognosis for a severe coarctation of the aorta?

Depends: The specific prognosis depends on age of diagnosis, other medical conditions, any problems prior to diagnosis, and the location of the lesion which affects the means of treatment (i.e. Surgery or cath). The prognosis can be excellent, even with "severe" cases, but depends on the factor above. Please discuss this with your cardiologist. ...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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Prognosis (Definition)

The prognosis is the predicted outcome or "forecast" for a disease or process. It is only an estimate but is likely based on past experience or data taking into account the individual's overall health status. It may suggest progression of disease ...Read more