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Coarctation of the Aorta

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Course Details

Credit/contact hours: .5
Estimated time to complete: 30 minutes
Publication Date: May 10, 2018
Expiration date: May 9, 2027
Reviewed: May 9, 2024


Less common conditions such as coarctation of the aorta, persistence of the left superior vena cava, right-sided aortic arch, and dextrocardia are occasionally encountered during diagnostic cardiac catheterization and require basic knowledge of anatomy to make the correct diagnosis.

Examples of these conditions as encountered in the cardiac catheterization laboratory are described and discussed.

You Will Learn

  • To identify the epidemiology of coarctation of the aorta
  • To recognize the angiographic and hemodynamic findings associated with coarctation of the aorta
  • To recognize the anatomic abnormalities associated with persistence of the left superior vena cava, right-sided aortic arch, and dextrocardia

Method and medium:

Learners participate in the interactive learning modules by correctly answering multiple choice questions dispersed throughout. Learners will be prompted to try again if a question is answered incorrectly.The course will open in a new tab - to exit the course, simply close that tab.

Andrew Bishop, MD, FACC

After graduating medical school from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, Dr. Bishop completed his residency at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, OR.

He completed a fellowship in cardiology and interventional cardiology at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. Dr. Bishop is American Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases, and Interventional Cardiology.

Dr. Bishop is now a practicing cardiologist at Wilmington Health in Wilmington, N.C. His areas of interest include: CAD, ACS, PAD, congenital heart disease, and structural heart intervention.

DISCLOSURE: Dr. Bishop has disclosed no financial relationship or interest with any proprietary entity producing healthcare goods or services.

Michael Ragosta III, MD

Dr. Michael Ragosta is an attending cardiologist at the University of Virginia Health System with a sub-specialty in interventional cardiology. His clinical practice includes complex percutaneous coronary intervention, myocardial infarction, valvular heart disease, structural heart disease, and general cardiology. Dr. Ragosta is the Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at UVA and author of numerous textbooks related to cardiac catheterization and hemodynamic interpretation.

DISCLOSURE: This individual reports no relevant financial relationships with commercial entities.

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