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Coarctation of the Aorta: Signs and Symptoms


What are signs and symptoms of coarctation of the aorta?

Nearly half the children with coarctation of the aorta will develop visible symptoms within the first few days of life. In some milder cases, symptoms might not be apparent until adolescence.

Symptoms of coarctation of the aorta in infants include:

  • Paleness
  • Sweating
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Poor weight gain

Symptoms in older children are:

  • Poor growth
  • High blood pressure
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fainting
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Leg cramps
  • Having cold feet and legs

If your child has these symptoms, please contact your doctor.