If you have a heart condition but want to have a baby, you may wonder whether your medications are safe for pregnancy. A cardiologist offers his best advice.
Find the truth about questions that pique your curiosity in our series, “The Short Answer.” Preventive cardiologist Haitham Ahmed, MD, MPH, answers this one about cardiovascular disease.
Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect in the United States, affecting nearly one in 100 births every year. Most heart defects are caught during pregnancy, but some are not. Know what symptoms to look for.
Younger adults don’t often worry about their risk of stroke. But stroke can happen at any age and some research finds an increase in strokes in younger people.
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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
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
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
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
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
One-third of patients who have a hole between their heart’s left and right atria suffer from low oxygen levels during exercise. The hole is known as patent foramen ovale (PFO). A Cleveland Clinic study found that surgically closing the defect can stop this low-oxygen effect. The Cleveland Clinic study involved 50 patients with PFO who … Read More