What other heart
complications do people with coarctation of the aorta
People born with coarctation of the aorta
sometimes have other congenital heart problems too.
Because some problems can develop over time, it is important
that you visit your cardiac clinic for check ups throughout your
life. Your specialist health team will tell you how often you
If you have a repaired coarctation of the
aorta you still need to look after yourself. Like everyone else,
you should eat healthily and avoid smoking.
Other problems that people born with coarctation of the aorta
might have or develop later on
Ventricular septal defect or VSD
Some people born with a coarctation of
the aorta are also born with a hole between the main pumping
chambers in the heart. This is called ventricular septal defect or
Watch an animation explaining VSD.
If born with a coarctation of the aorta,
you might also have a narrowing of one of the heart valves
As people with coarctation of the aorta
get older, they sometimes develop high blood pressure – this is
called hypertension. This
can happen, even if you have had a successful operation. You can be
given drugs to control this.
Recoarctation of the aorta
Even if you’ve had an operation to repair
your aorta, the aorta might narrow again. This is called
recoarctation of the aorta.
Sometimes people with coarctation of the
aorta have it because of a chromosomal abnormality called Turner
syndrome. This is where there is a missing sex chromosome (an X
chromosome). It only affects girls and women, and can be picked up
at birth, and in some cases before birth while in the womb.
Find out more about Turner syndrome.