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Coarctation of the aorta is a heart defect linked to congenital heart disease that results in a narrowing of the aorta, the largest artery in the body. This narrowing of the aorta restricts the amount of blood that can travel to the lower part of the body.
Coarctation of the aorta occurs in about 6 to 8 percent of all children with congenital heart disease. Boys have the defect twice as often as girls do. In some cases, coarctation is noted in infancy. In others it may not be diagnosed until school age or adolescence.
Symptoms of coarctation of the aorta
While many adolescents or young adults with coarctation of the aorta have no symptoms, others may suffer from:
A physician will determine specific treatment for coarctation of the aorta based on the medical history and personal preference of each patient. Other factors that will determine course of treatment may include:
Age and health of patient
Extent of the disease
Patient’s tolerance for medications, procedure and therapies