What are the symptoms of coarctation of the aorta?
Symptoms noted in early infancy are caused by moderate to severe aortic narrowing. The following are the most common symptoms of coarctation of the aorta. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include: • irritability • pale skin • sweating • heavy and/or rapid breathing • poor feeding • poor weight gain • cold feet and/or legs • diminished or absent pulses in the feet • blood pressure in the arms significantly greater than the blood pressure in the legs Mild narrowing may not cause symptoms at all. Often, a school-aged child or adolescent is simply noted to have high blood pressure or a heart murmur on a physical examination. Some may complain of headaches or cramps in the lower sections of the body. The symptoms of coarctation of the aorta may resemble other medical conditions or heart problems. Always consult your child’s physician for a diagnosis.