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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?

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Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Pediatrics - Cardiology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
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Dr. Joshua Murphy
Pediatrics - Cardiology
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In brief: Will he need a Cath?

Surgical repair of a coarctation as a baby sometimes narrows again, months to years later. The narrowing may be able to be simply balloon dilated to open it.
... Just ask how the area looks... The bicuspid valve will need to be monitored through his lifetime, with yearly or every year visits and echos (ultrasound of the heart).

In brief: Will he need a Cath?

Surgical repair of a coarctation as a baby sometimes narrows again, months to years later. The narrowing may be able to be simply balloon dilated to open it.
... Just ask how the area looks... The bicuspid valve will need to be monitored through his lifetime, with yearly or every year visits and echos (ultrasound of the heart).
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Dr. Jerome Zacks
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Symptoms and future

Ask what symptoms you should report, what your son's prognosis is, and what procedures would likely be contemplated in the future.

In brief: Symptoms and future

Ask what symptoms you should report, what your son's prognosis is, and what procedures would likely be contemplated in the future.
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