Coarctation of the Aorta

Coarctation of the aorta is a type of congenital heart disease where there is a narrowing in part of the aorta, the main artery that leaves the left side of the heart. 

Pregnancy is an amazing time during which an unborn child goes from being just a few random-looking cells to a complex baby with all the necessary organs formed to live a healthy life.

Rarely, development of the heart can be not quite right, leading to congenital heart disease. Coarctation of the aorta is a type of congenital heart disease. There are a number of different types of congenital heart disease. Coarctation of the aorta is just one type.

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Author:
Dr Gurvinder Rull
Peer Reviewer:
Dr John Cox
Document ID:
13594 (v4)
Last Checked:
09 May 2017
Next Review:
29 June 2020

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