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Which is more dangerous, a hole in the heart or coarctation of the aorta?
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Robert Vorhies
Surgery - Vascular
In brief: Depends
Depends on the size of the hole and degree of coarch narrowing.
In general i'd say coarctation of the aorta is more limiting to people's lifestyle, but patent vsd or ASD can lead to stroke if clots pass through the heart to the brain.

In brief: Depends
Depends on the size of the hole and degree of coarch narrowing.
In general i'd say coarctation of the aorta is more limiting to people's lifestyle, but patent vsd or ASD can lead to stroke if clots pass through the heart to the brain.
Dr. Robert Vorhies
Dr. Robert Vorhies
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