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Born with a Heart Defect? Your Life Span Can Be Normal

Babies born today with heart defects are more likely than ever to live into adulthood. According to recent studies in Finland and Norway, more children treated for simple defects are having near-normal life spans. More children treated for riskier, complex defects also are living longer. “Compare these findings with 50 years ago, when only about … Read More

AHA says: CHD? Get your Move on!

Traditionally, being diagnosed with a congenital heart disease (CHD) meant a lifetime of restrictions — both emotional and physical. Patients were advised to be wary of physical activity and to lower expectations about their physical potential. But in its recently released and updated recommendations, the American Heart Association made a dramatic change by giving CHD … Read More

Most Common Birth Defect is Growing Risk for Adults

Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common birth defect in the United States, occurring in one of every 110 births. There are over 787,000 adults with congenital heart disease in the U.S., and according to recent numbers those adults are at a higher risk for hospitalization than pediatric patients with the same condition. The findings … Read More

PFO and Stroke: Still No Closure

Should patients with patent foramen ovale (PFO) get it fixed? PFO is a  communication between the  upper  chambers of the heart.  Many people have PFO.  It’s something that should  seal  in infancy but which can persist through adulthood for many people. PFO isn’t usually a problem except for the fact that  it is associated with … Read More

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Gut Flora Study Wins Research Prize

Stanley Hazen, MD, PhD, caused a stir last year.  He went looking for heart disease in the stomach. And found it.  In a landmark study published in Nature, Dr. Hazen and his team linked certain products of digestion, or “gut flora”, to the presence of coronary artery disease. They found that a gut flora product … Read More