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Consider upper extremity hypertension as red flag for coarctation of aorta

Key clinical point: Coarctation of the aorta is common, but often missed because patients have few symptoms.

Major finding: Based on current evidence, indications for surgical or transcatheter intervention on coarctation of the aorta include a peak to peak coarctation gradient of at least 20mmHg.

Study details: The data come from an expert report on the management of coarctation of the aorta in adults published in the World Journal of Cardiology.

Disclosures: The study received no outside funding. The researchers had no financial conflicts to disclose.


Agasthi P et al. World J Cardiol. 2020 May 26. doi: 10.433/wjc.v12.i5.167.