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      Late diagnosis of coarctation of the aorta in a 44-year-old male: a case report


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          Coarctation of the aorta is a rare congenital disease. In adults, the main manifestations include hypertension, weak or absent femoral pulses, heart failure, and left ventricular hypertrophy.

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          We present a case involving a late diagnosis of coarctation of the aorta detected during aortography in a 44-year-old man. The patient underwent stent implantation and aortoplasty. After 2 years of follow-up, the patient was in good condition.


          This case shows that coarctation of the aorta can be cured and that hypertension caused by the condition can be controlled to some extent with medication. Based on our findings, we recommend a detailed physical examination for all patients suspected of having coarctation of the aorta; the examination should include blood pressure measurements of both the upper and lower extremities. The case of coarctation of the aorta is not common or easy to be found in medium-aged population. Better BP control, earlier repair, and transcatheter intervention may result in a good outcome in that case.

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              Comparison of surgical, stent, and balloon angioplasty treatment of native coarctation of the aorta: an observational study by the CCISC (Congenital Cardiovascular Interventional Study Consortium).

              The purpose of this study was to compare the safety and efficacy of surgical, stent, and balloon angioplasty (BA) treatment of native coarctation acutely and at follow-up. Controversy surrounds the optimal treatment for native coarctation of the aorta. This is the first multicenter study evaluating acute and follow-up outcomes of these 3 treatment options in children weighing >10 kg. This is a multicenter observational study. Baseline, acute, short-term (3 to 18 months), and intermediate (>18 months) follow-up hemodynamic, imaging data, and complications were recorded. Between June 2002 and July 2009, 350 patients from 36 institutions were enrolled: 217 underwent stent, 61 underwent BA, and 72 underwent surgery. All 3 arms showed significant improvement acutely and at follow-up in resting systolic blood pressure and upper to lower extremity systolic blood pressure gradient (ULG). Stent was superior to BA in achieving lower ULG acutely. Surgery and stent were superior to BA at short-term follow-up in achieving lower ULG. Stent patients had shorter hospitalization than surgical patients (2.4 vs. 6.4 days; p < 0.001) and fewer complications than surgical and BA patients (2.3%, 8.1%, and 9.8%; p < 0.001). The BA patients were more likely to encounter aortic wall injury, both acutely and at follow-up (p < 0.001). Stent patients had significantly lower acute complications compared with surgery patients or BA patients, although they were more likely to require a planned reintervention. At short-term and intermediate follow-up, stent and surgical patients achieved superior hemodynamic and integrated aortic arch imaging outcomes compared with BA patients. Because of the nonrandomized nature of this study, these results should be interpreted with caution. Copyright © 2011 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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                BMC Cardiovasc Disord
                BMC Cardiovasc Disord
                BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
                BioMed Central (London )
                3 November 2020
                3 November 2020
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                [1 ]GRID grid.452836.e, ISNI 0000 0004 1798 1271, Department of Cardiology, , Second Affiliated Hospital of Shantou University Medical College, ; No. 69 Dongxiabei Road, Jinping District, Shantou, 515041 Guangdong Province People’s Republic of China
                [2 ]GRID grid.412614.4, Department of Plastic Surgery, , First Affiliated Hospital of Shantou University Medical College, ; Shantou, 515041 Guangdong China
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                Cardiovascular Medicine
                case report,hypertension,renal inadequacy,heart failure,balloon angioplasty,stent placement,coarctation of the aorta


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