Coarctation of the aorta

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Learn about coarctation of the aorta. This condition involves a narrowing of the major artery leading from the heart to the body, affecting blood pressure.

Key points

  • In people with coarctation of the aorta, they are born with a narrowing in the upper part of the aorta.
  • An operation or a heart catheterization is needed to fix the narrowed section.
  • People with repaired coarctation can have a normal life expectancy, but some complications can develop.
  • Lifelong follow up with a congenital adult cardiologist is needed.
Last updated: March 24th 2023