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Pediatric Aortic Coarctation

What You Need to Know

Aortic coarctation is a congenital heart defect. It means the aorta is narrower than it should be.

Key Symptoms

Symptoms can vary from mild to more severe. They may include trouble breathing, poor weight gain, poor feeding and pale skin.


The cardiologist will examine your child and listen to his or her heart and lungs. Your child may also have tests performed.


Aortic coarctation can be fixed by cardiac catheterization or surgery.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Prevention and Risk Assessment


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Providers Who Treat Aortic Coarctation

Departments that Treat Aortic Coarctation

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Children's National Heart Center

Our expert pediatric heart team, including more than 40 subspecialties, offer advanced heart care and excellent outcomes for thousands of children every year.

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Prenatal Cardiology Program

Children diagnosed with heart conditions before they are born receive comprehensive, expert care from our fetal cardiology specialists. Learn more about our Prenatal Cardiology Program.

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The Zickler Family Prenatal Pediatrics Institute

The Zickler Family Prenatal Pediatrics Institute at Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C., provides specialized care for babies during pregnancy, delivery and after birth.

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