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Coarctation of the Aorta

The aorta is the main artery that blood is pumped through and distributed to the body.  Coarctation is a narrowing of this artery that causes blood flow to be pinched off.  In mild forms, it can go undetected for years and lead to high blood pressure.  In severe forms, it can cause babies to become very sick in the first week of life.  

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