Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Coarctation of the Aorta Treatment

Treatment for coarctation of the aorta usually includes surgery to repair the aorta.

Treatment for coarctation of the aorta may include:

  • Surgery to repair coarctation of the aorta
  • Angioplasty for coarctation of the aorta
    • Aortic stent for coarctation of the aorta
    • A stent may be used to keep the aorta open after angioplasty

Coarctation of the Aorta Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of coarctation of the aorta.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • Will I need physical therapy?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

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Last Updated: Oct 12, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Coarctation of the Aorta References
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