Congenital Abnormalities

Coarctation of the Aorta

torso with stethoscope chestpiece
stethoscope chestpiece
Maneuver:Sitting leaning forward
Chestpiece Position:Aortic
Congenital Abnormalities: Coarctation of the Aorta
Play the cardiac movie and observe a constriction in the descending aorta which is responsible for the systolic murmur. There is regurgitant flow from the aorta into the left ventricle which causes the diastolic murmur. The left ventricle wall thickness is increased due to aortic pressure elevation caused by the aortic coarctation.