(Coarctation of the Aorta—Child)
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- Genetic disorders, such as Turner syndrome
- Other heart defects
- Heart murmur
- High blood pressure in the arms
- A weak pulse in the legs
- Cold legs and feet
- Shortness of breath, especially with exercise
- Legs that are underdeveloped, but better developed arms
- Chest pain
Treatment for Newborns
Treatment for Children
- Resection of the narrowed area in the aorta (the same type of surgery used in infants)
- Subclavian flap aortoplasty—involves using a patch or part of the artery to make the area larger
- Balloon angioplasty —involves using a balloon to widen the narrowed area
American Heart Association http://www.heart.org
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov
Canadian Cardiovascular Society http://www.ccs.ca
Canadian Society for Vascular Surgery http://www.canadianvascular.ca
Coarctation of aorta. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated August 5, 2014. Accessed June 10, 2015.
Coarctation of the aorta. Cincinnati Children’s website. Available at: http://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/health/c/coarctation. Updated December 2013. Accessed June 10, 2015.
Repair of coarctation of the aorta. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin website. Available at: http://www.chw.org/medical-care/herma-heart-center/for-medical-professionals/pediatric-heart-surgery/coarctation-of-the-aorta. Accessed June 10, 2015.
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Vijayalakshmi K, Griffiths A, Hasan A, O'Sullivan J. Late hazards after repair of coarctation of the aorta. BMJ. 2008;336(7647):772-773.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 06/2015 -
- Update Date: 06/03/2013 -