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Signs & Symptoms Heart & Vascular

Aortic Coarctation
Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms of aortic coarctation include:

  • Difficulty breathing with exertion, called exertional dyspnea
  • Headaches
  • Nose bleeds, called epistaxis
  • Leg fatigue and cramps

In untreated patients younger than 30 years old, aortic rupture and cerebral hemorrhage are the most common complications. After age 40, the incidence of congestive heart failure increases.

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.