Heart and Blood Conditions

Interrupted Aortic Arch Symptoms and Diagnosis

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    • Seattle Children's Main Campus: 206-987-2515
    • Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center: 425-454-4644
    • Everett: 425-304-6080
    • South Clinic in Federal Way: 253-838-5878
    • Olympia: 360-459-5009
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    • Tri-Cities (Richland): 509-946-0976
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    • Seattle Children's doctors provide many cardiac services at regional sites throughout the Pacific Northwest. See our complete list of Heart Center locations.

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    • If you are a provider, fax a New Appointment Request Form (NARF) (PDF) (DOC) to 206-985-3121 or 866-985-3121 (toll-free).
    • No pre-referral work-up is required for most conditions. If you have already done testing such as an EKG, Holter monitor or echocardiogram, please fax this information as well as relevant clinic notes and the NARF to 206-985-3121 or 866-985-3121 (toll-free).
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Symptoms of Interrupted Aortic Arch

Your baby will probably seem fine at birth. When their ductus arteriosus starts to close, within the first week of life, they will start to have symptoms because their blood is not flowing the way it should.

They may have symptoms like these:

  • Weakness
  • Trouble feeding
  • Getting tired easily
  • Working hard to breathe
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Bluish skin, lips or nail beds (cyanosis)

Interrupted Aortic Arch Diagnosis

To diagnose this condition, your doctor will examine your child and ask for details about any symptoms your child has, their health history and your family health history.

Your child will need tests that provide more information about how their heart and nearby blood vessels look and work. These include electrocardiogram, echocardiography and pulse oximetry. They may also need cardiac catheterization.

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Contact the Heart Center at 206-987-2015 for a cardiac referral, a second opinion or more information.