Tortuous Aorta Treatment

What do doctors do for tortuous aorta treatment? This condition is a twisting or other distortion of the aorta, a major blood vessel, that causes it to be narrowed. This condition is usually the result of a congenital defect. A tortuous aorta can cause blood flow to be slowed or blocked, potentially leading to high blood pressure and other health problems. However, there are several treatment options for tortuous aorta. Read on to learn more:

  • Surgery. Tortuous aorta is most often treated with surgery, often done right away if the patient is diagnosed with the condition as a newborn. With this surgical treatment, the narrowed portion of the aorta is removed. If possible, the surgeon will then reconnect the good ends of the aorta. If there is not enough tissue, the surgeon will replaced the narrowed portion of the aorta with a manmade material called a Dacron graft. After surgery, the patient may need to take medication for high blood pressure to avoid complications.
  • Balloon angioplasty. Sometimes tortuous aorta is treated with balloon angioplasty rather than surgery, though this procedure can be less effective. With balloon angioplasty, the doctor inserts a catheter into the aorta and uses it to place a very small balloon. This balloon is inflated to widen the artery, and then a stent is placed to hold it open.

Though a congenital heart defect can be difficult for parents to deal with, children born with a tortuous aorta can usually live a normal life after proper treatment.

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