Aortic coarctation is when the aorta is narrow. The aorta is the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the body. When the aorta is narrow, it can slow or block blood flow. This can put a strain on the heart or blood vessels. It can lead to future problems. This condition often occurs with other heart defects. It may be mild or severe.
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