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Coarctation of the Aorta

Alternate Names : Aortic Coarctation, CoA

Coarctation of the Aorta | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the condition?

There are no known ways to prevent coarctation of the aorta.

What are the long-term effects of the condition?

In severe cases, newborns with coarctation of the aorta can die without immediate treatment. Long-term effects include:

  • bleeding into the brain
  • congestive heart failure
  • high blood pressure
  • infections of the heart
  • rupture or tearing of the aorta, which is called aortic dissection
  • Adults rarely survive past the age of 40 without treatment because of these long-term effects. Timely treatment can avoid most of these effects.

    What are the risks to others?

    Coarctation of the aorta is not catching and poses no risks to others.

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    Coarctation of the Aorta: Treatment & Monitoring

    Author: Eric Berlin, MD
    Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
    Date Reviewed: 07/24/01

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