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ask: I had my coarctation repaired 7 years ago. I'm 28 years old now

By pelagia_123
 
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I read an article saying that people with a repaired coarctation of aorta will only live max for 20 years after repair is this true? i got 3 little kids and im 28 years old i was operated 7 years ago so that was a shock to read that artcle, i was also hoping to have 1 more baby, because i had no complications with my blood pressure with the other 3 kids. what are the risks in this if i go ahead with the fourth pregnancy.

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Susan Cody HERWriter Guide

Dear pelagia_123

Thanks for your question and welcome to EmpowHer!

What article stated that life expectancy after this procedure was a maximum of 20 years? That may be the case for a 65 year old but not for a 20 year old. The article was not correct to make this kind of blanket statement but it does remain a fact that life expectancy is often reduced, sometimes very much so. The 20 year survival rate for someone who has had this procedure after the age of 14 is almost 80%. Not as high as you would like but not as dire as that article stated.

The main problem is often coronary artery disease that results after the procedure. Are you involved in ongoing evaluations regarding your coronary health?

Most women with this procedure go on to have healthy pregnancies/babies (as you are a testament to!) but you would be wise to see a doctor before getting pregnant as no matter how healthy you feel, you'll be considered a high risk pregnancy.

What did your doctor tell you before you had this procedure? Were you told about reduced life expectancy?

n the meantime, check out our aortic coarctation page here : http://www.empowher.com/media/reference/aortic-coarctation

September 7, 2009 - 9:57am
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