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      Highly Effective Compensatory Mechanisms in a 76-Year-Old Man with a Coarctation of the Aorta

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          We present a man who was diagnosed with coarctation of the aorta (CA) at the age of 76. He had developed an extensive collateral circulation for maintaining the circulation below the CA. This compensatory mechanism was highly effective, since the patient had remained asymptomatic and in good health during most of his life. He died from intrahospitalary pneumonia, unrelated to CA. Long-term survival in patients with untreated CA is exceptional, with only 11 patients living into their 70s being previously reported. A review of these cases is included.

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          Aortic coarctation: a rare and unexpected cause of secondary arterial hypertension in the elderly.

          We present a 72-year-old man with long-standing moderate hypertension, due to an aortic coarctation, who presented with a myocardial infarction. In view of his advanced age the aortic coarctation was treated conservatively.
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            Coarctation of the aorta with poststenotic aneurysm in a 71-year-old man.

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              Journal
              CRD
              Cardiology
              10.1159/issn.0008-6312
              Cardiology
              S. Karger AG
              0008-6312
              1421-9751
              1999
              April 2000
              19 April 2000
              : 92
              : 4
              : 284-286
              Affiliations
              Departments of aInternal Medicine, bRadiodiagnosis, and cPathology, Hospital Clínic, Barcelona, Spain
              Article
              6989 Cardiology 1999;92:284–286
              10.1159/000006989
              10844392
              © 2000 S. Karger AG, Basel

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