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Case Reports in Cardiology
Volume 2017, Article ID 6129073, 2 pages
Case Report

Incidental Finding of an Undiagnosed Coarctation of the Aorta Causing Dilated Cardiomyopathy in an Adult

Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork, Ireland

Correspondence should be addressed to Abdalla Ibrahim; moc.liamg@dmmiharbi.alladba

Received 8 April 2017; Accepted 3 July 2017; Published 27 July 2017

Academic Editor: Nurten Sayar

Copyright © 2017 Abdalla Ibrahim et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


31-year-old male with no past medical history apart from high blood pressure noted by GP one week prior to admission presented with a three-week history of a flu-like illness and symptoms of heart failure with severe global left ventricular dilation and dysfunction on Transthoracic Echocardiography (TTE). Two weeks following admission he complained of left arm pain and CT upper limb confirmed embolic occlusion of the left brachial artery and incidental severe coarctation of the proximal descending aorta after the origin of the left subclavian artery. Follow-up TTE suggested the presence of coarctation of the aorta on a suprasternal view which was not performed at the time of his first TTE. His heart failure and blood pressure responded very well to medical therapy and he has been referred for surgical correction of his aortic coarctation.