Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Narrowed Aorta Evaluation

The evaluation of coarctation of the aorta begins with a medical history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with coarctation of the aorta may include:

  • Heart murmur
  • Unequal pulses in the arms: usually diminished in the left arm
  • Unequal blood pressures in the arms and legs

Tests are required to make the diagnosis of coarctation of the aorta.

Tests that may be used to evaluate coarctation of the aorta include:

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Last Updated: Dec 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Narrowed Aorta References
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