Newborns with coarctation of the aorta (COA) often have completely normal examinations. Nurse practitioners must be aware of the clinical indicators of COA because they are among the first healthcare professionals to evaluate infants. Prompt referral to a pediatric cardiologist, diagnosis, and treatment greatly improve infant survival rates and decrease both short- and long-term health complications.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mary Lou Taylor, a certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, is a graduate of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and currently works in primary care in Denver, Colo.
The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with or financial interest in any commercial companies that pertain to this educational activity.