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.
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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.
Further reading and references
Balloon angioplasty or stenting for coarctation or recoarctation of aorta; NICE Interventional Procedure Guidance, July 2004
Vijayalakshmi K, Griffiths A, Hasan A, et al; Late hazards after repair of coarctation of the aorta. BMJ. 2008 Apr 5336(7647):772-3.
Ijland MM, Tanke RB; Aortic coarctation. Circulation. 2009 Sep 29120(13):1294-5.
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