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Coarctation of Aorta

Coarctation of Aorta: Symptoms, Causes and Risk Factors, Diagnosis, Treatments | National Heart Centre Singapore

Coarctation of Aorta - How to prevent?

Coarctation of Aorta - Diagnosis

Tests to confirm a diagnosis of coarctation of the aorta may include:
  • Echocardiogram can often detect the location and severity of the aortic coarctation and show other heart defects, such as a bicuspid aortic valve. Doctors often use echocardiograms to diagnose coarctation of the aorta and determine the most appropriate treatment options for you.
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG) may show that the walls of the lower heart chambers are enlarged (ventricular hypertrophy).
  • Chest X-ray might show an enlarged heart, a narrowing in the aorta at the site of the coarctation and an enlarged section of the aorta past the narrowed area.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can reveal the location and severity of the coarctation of the aorta, determine whether it affects other blood vessels in your body, and detect whether you have other heart defects. Doctors may also use this test to determine your treatment options.
  • Computerised tomography (CT) scan allows your doctor to see the location and severity ofthe coarctation of the aorta, determine whether it affects other blood vessels in your body, and detect other heart defects. Doctors may use this test to determine your treatment options.

Coarctation of Aorta - Preparing for surgery

Coarctation of Aorta - Post-surgery care

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