Asymptomatic Coarctation of the Aorta in a Middle-Aged Man; The Significance of Physical Examination
Coarctation of the aorta is narrowing of the aorta that impedes normal blood flow. This condition is associated with a high mortality rate if untreated. It rarely presents in adulthood, especially in Canada, due to early childhood screening. We report a case of a middle-aged newly immigrated gentleman with a history of hypertension who was incidentally found to have some physical examination findings concerning for coarctation of the aorta. Subsequent imaging studies not only confirmed this diagnosis but also found other cardiac complications commonly associated with it. Recently, he underwent surgical intervention, significantly impacting his mortality and morbidity. Our aim through this case report is to emphasize the importance of physical examination findings to detect such cases in unscreened immigrant populations.
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