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Coarctation of the aorta (COA) happens when the aorta — the main artery that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body — is too narrow. This is usually a congenital (present at birth) heart defect and when the narrowing is mild, your child may not even have symptoms. Sometimes, especially as your child grows, surgery or treatment may be needed. 

The pediatric heart care experts in the Nemours Children's Cardiac Center are here to provide your child and family with top-notch care. Our board-certified, fellowship-trained pediatric cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons (specialists in surgical procedures of the chest, including heart and lungs) work together to address your concerns, answer your questions, and provide the latest in proven treatment options for a healthy future.

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Our Nemours Cardiac Center experts have the experience to identify and treat all types of heart problems, and many are named to the Best Doctors in America® list, year after year. In addition to providing diagnosis and treatment, the Nemours Cardiac Center teams participate in ongoing research with other pediatric cardiac institutions. We will guide your child and your family from accurate diagnosis through proven treatment and beyond — and help your child live their life to the fullest. 

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