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Vol 18, No 5 (2011)
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Published online: 2011-09-21
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Coarctation of the aorta: From fetal life to adulthood

Damien Kenny, Ziyad M. Hijazi
Cardiol J 2011;18(5):487-495.

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Vol 18, No 5 (2011)
Review articles
Published online: 2011-09-21

Abstract

Coarctation of the aorta was once viewed as a simple discrete narrowing of the aortic isthmus that could be ‘cured’ by surgical intervention. It is now clear that this condition may: (1) affect the aortic arch in a highly variable manner; (2) be associated with a host of other left sided heart lesions; (3) represent a wider vasculopathy within the pre-coarctation arterial tree, leading to significant prevalence of hypertension by adolescence, and subsequent risk of early morbidity and death. This review outlines the evaluation and treatment of this disease from pre-natal to adult life.
(Cardiol J 2011; 18, 5: 487–495)

Abstract

Coarctation of the aorta was once viewed as a simple discrete narrowing of the aortic isthmus that could be ‘cured’ by surgical intervention. It is now clear that this condition may: (1) affect the aortic arch in a highly variable manner; (2) be associated with a host of other left sided heart lesions; (3) represent a wider vasculopathy within the pre-coarctation arterial tree, leading to significant prevalence of hypertension by adolescence, and subsequent risk of early morbidity and death. This review outlines the evaluation and treatment of this disease from pre-natal to adult life.
(Cardiol J 2011; 18, 5: 487–495)
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Keywords

surgery; echocardiography; stenting; hypertension; vasculopathy

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Title

Coarctation of the aorta: From fetal life to adulthood

Journal

Cardiology Journal

Issue

Vol 18, No 5 (2011)

Pages

487-495

Published online

2011-09-21

Bibliographic record

Cardiol J 2011;18(5):487-495.

Keywords

surgery
echocardiography
stenting
hypertension
vasculopathy

Authors

Damien Kenny
Ziyad M. Hijazi

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