A woman with a coarctation of the aorta can often have a successful pregnancy. However, the woman and her fetus may be at risk for a number of complications.



(1) dissection of the aorta

(2) intracranial hemorrhage after rupture of a cerebral aneurysm

(3) miscarriage or premature delivery

(4) pre-eclampsia or eclampsia


Risk factors for complications:

(1) aneurysm at the coarctation site

(2) prolonged second stage of labor

(3) uncontrolled hypertension

(4) severe coarctation that has not been surgically corrected or that has recurred


A woman with a coarctation of the aorta who is of child-bearing age needs to be aware of the risks associated with pregnancy and the importance of minimizing the risk for complications.


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