What is the recommended diet for patients with coarctation of the aorta (CoA)?

Updated: Nov 20, 2018
  • Author: Syamasundar Rao Patnana, MD; Chief Editor: Stuart Berger, MD  more...
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Persistent hypertension has been shown to increase the incidence of coronary artery disease (CAD); therefore, periodically examine patients who have undergone coarctation of the aorta repair for hypertension and recommend a healthy low-fat, and perhaps, low-salt diet.

Measure cholesterol levels and intervene pharmacologically in older patients as indicated, with a total cholesterol goal of less than 200 g/dL.

Patients with persistent hypertension may require varying degrees of salt restriction.

Emphasize dietary counseling and avoidance of obesity and smoking.


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