Riding aorta

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Graphic representation of a riding aorta

The term Reitende aorta (sometimes over Reitende aorta ) referred to in the cardiology a specific malposition of the aorta ( aortic ) in connection with a high-altitude septal in congenital heart defects :

The main artery, which usually arises in the left ventricle, is shifted to the right in the phenomenon of the riding aorta, thus riding over the hole in the heart septum and thereby receiving blood from both ventricles .

A riding aorta is characteristic in the presence of a Fallot tetralogy . Without surgical correction, life expectancy is significantly reduced; more than 95 percent of patients without surgery die in the first 20 years of life.


  • Linus Geisler : Internal Medicine. Textbook for nursing professions. 19th, completely revised and expanded edition. W. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart 2006, ISBN 3-17-018768-6 , p. 138 f.

Individual evidence

  1. Geisler 2006, p. 139