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Balloon Angioplasty For Coarctation Of The Aorta


Balloon angioplasty for coarctation of the aorta is a procedure to open the narrow aorta. This will improve blood flow to your child's body and help his heart work less hard. This procedure uses a catheter with a tiny balloon on the end to widen the narrow area.



  • Medicines will help your child's heart beat more regularly and lower his blood pressure.
  • Give your child's medicine as directed. Contact your child's primary healthcare provider (PHP) if you think the medicine is not working as expected. Tell him if your child is allergic to any medicine. Keep a current list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs your child takes. Include the amounts, and when, how, and why they are taken. Bring the list or the medicines in their containers to follow-up visits. Carry your child's medicine list with you in case of an emergency. Throw away old medicine lists.
  • Do not give aspirin to children under 18 years of age. Your child could develop Reye syndrome if he takes aspirin. Reye syndrome can cause life-threatening brain and liver damage. Check your child's medicine labels for aspirin, salicylates, or oil of wintergreen.

Follow up with your child's PHP as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Wound care:

Ask your child's PHP how to care for your child's wound. Carefully wash the wound with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change the bandages when they get wet or dirty. Check the bruise in your child's groin to see if it gets bigger.


Give your child a sponge bath or a shower when you get home. Do not let your child take a bath or swim until his scab falls off. This usually takes about 1 week.


Help your child rest as much as possible for 2 days. Ask your child's PHP when your child can return to school or start sports. Dress your child in loose clothes for the first few days after the procedure. This will help prevent irritation where the catheter was put in.

Give your child a variety of healthy foods:

Healthy foods include fruits, vegetables, whole-grain breads, low-fat dairy products, beans, lean meats, and fish. Your child may need to limit the amount of sodium (salt) he eats. Ask if he needs to be on a special diet.

Have your child drink liquids as directed:

Ask your child's PHP how much liquid your child should drink each day and which liquids are best. Limit the amount of caffeine your child drinks. Caffeine may cause his heart to work harder than it should.

Contact your child's PHP if:

  • The bruise where the catheter went in gets bigger and is swollen.
  • Your child's incision is red, swollen, or draining pus.
  • Your child's symptoms return or get worse.
  • Your child has a fever.
  • Your child has chills, a cough, or feels weak and achy.
  • You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • The area where the catheter was put in starts to bleed.
  • Your child has sudden trouble breathing.
  • Your child has trouble speaking or is weak on one side of his body.
  • Your child is too dizzy to stand.
  • Your child has severe pain in his chest or abdomen.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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