The major artery that goes out of your heart is the aorta. This artery branches off of your heart and carries oxygen-rich blood from your left ventricle to your body.
Your aorta is shaped like a candy cane. The first section goes up towards your head. Then it curves in a C-shape. It becomes straight after the curve and goes down towards your abdomen.
Coarctation of the aorta or aortic coarctation is a condition in which there is a narrowing of your aorta. Coarctation is a term that means a drawing or pressing together. This causes your heart to have to pump harder in order to force blood through your constricted aorta.
Coarctation of the aorta is usually a congenital condition. This means that it is a heart defect that is present at birth.
Coarctation of the aorta occurs in about one in every 5,000 births. This means that around 800 people get this condition each year in the United States. It accounts for from 5 to 8% of all congenital heart defects.
Coarctation of the aorta may occur as an isolated heart defect. However, it is often present with other heart defects like VSD (ventricular septal defect) and bicuspid aortic valve.
Even though this condition is generally congenital, it may not be discovered until adulthood. The reason for this is because coarctation of the aorta can range anywhere from being mild to severe. This is determined by how much the aorta is narrowed.
If coarctation of the aorta is mild, you may not have any signs or symptoms. Signs and symptoms that you may experience include:
- A pounding headache
- Leg cramps that come with exercise
- A decreased ability to exercise
- Fainting or dizziness
- Chest pain
- Hypertension (high blood pressure) when you exercise
- Poor growth
- Shortness of breath
- Cold legs or feet
- Failure to thrive
- Muscle weakness.
You or a loved one may have been diagnosed with coarctation of the aorta. This heart defect and/or complications resulting from it may be why you are disabled and not able to work.
If this is true, you may need assistance. You may need financial help.
Have you or your loved one decided to apply for the financial assistance that you need from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by coarctation of the aorta and/or complications resulting from it? Have you or your loved one done this already and been turned down by the Social Security Administration?
If you or your loved one intends to appeal the denial by the Social Security Administration, here is something to think about. People who have a disability attorney like the one you will find at Social Security Home are approved more often than people who are not represented by a disability lawyer.