Coarctation of the Aorta

  • A narrow area (stricture) is present in the aorta and leads to restricted blood flow to the lower part of the circulation. Blood pressure in the arms and head is high, whilst that in the legs is low.


    Many affected infants develop symptoms in the first few weeks of life and need urgent surgery. Others may be detected much later, with reduced pulses in the legs or high blood pressure. Most patients need treatment - either surgery or a Balloon Catheter Procedure.