Coarctation of the aorta is a narrowing of the aorta, the large blood vessel that branches off the heart. This blood vessel delivers oxygen-rich blood to the body, and its narrowing forces the heart to pump harder to force the blood through the vessel.
Coarctation of the aorta is generally present at birth (congenital) and may range from mild to severe. It is often not detected until adulthood depending on its severity.
For more information, please visit the Heart Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado website.
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