Texas Children’s Coronary Artery Anomalies Program is dedicated to improving outcomes in children born with anomalous aortic origin of the coronary artery (AAOCA). As the first program in the United States created with the specific goal of improving both research and clinical care in children with AAOCA, the Coronary Artery Anomalies Program has built an expertise in managing this condition.
AAOCA occurs when one of the coronary arteries, which provide blood and oxygen to the heart muscle, branches off from the aorta in an unusual place. While some people do not have any symptoms with AAOCA, others may experience chest pain, palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness or fainting. AAOCA is the second leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes in the United States because the affected coronary artery is at risk of becoming blocked.
A specialized team is essential to treating AAOCA. If your child has been diagnosed with AAOCA, the Texas Children’s Coronary Artery Anomalies Program can help your family understand how to live a full life while managing your child’s disease. Our multidisciplinary team of cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, radiologists, advanced practice providers, nurses, researchers and others work together to provide you with accurate and up-to-date information, treatment options and educational support.
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