Coarctation of the aorta is a constricted segment of the aorta that obstructs blood
flow to the body. The left ventricle has to pump harder because the pressure is high.
Because of this, the heart may enlarge. Coarctations typically occur as isolated defects,
but may occur with a ventricular septal defect, subaortic stenosis, or
complex congenital heart defects.
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Coarctation of the aorta often occurs along with other heart defects. While
treatment for coarctation of the aorta is usually successful, it's a condition
that requires careful follow-up through infancy and throughout adulthood.
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