Coarctation and recoarctation of the aorta: Balloon angioplasty in the heart catheterization lab

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Balloon angioplasty is used to reopen an area of the aorta that has become constricted due to coarctation or recoarctation. Read more about angioplasty.

Key points

  • Balloon angioplasty of coarctation and recoarctation of the aorta is a procedure to widen a narrow part of the aorta. The aorta carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body.
  • There is a small risk that your child will have complications from the procedure. Your child's doctor will explain the risks to you before the procedure.
  • Your child will need to have an anesthetic. Your child may need to stay overnight in the hospital after the procedure.
Last updated: November 6th 2009