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Managing heart disease during pregnancy

Increased occurrences of heart disease have been found in pregnant women, this constitutes a substantial amount of high-risk pregnancies. Changes that occur in maternal circulation have the potential to affect both maternal and unborn baby’s health. Health records show that 4% of pregnancies may have heart issues, with no prior known existence. It is a […]

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New Year’s Eve is the holiday that prompts people to drink the most. New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to reflect upon the changes we’d like to see in our lives. If you think you could improve your life (and who doesn’t?), it’s an opportunity to start fresh and break the patterns that have held you back in the past year. To start off right, it’s a good idea to give some thought to how you’re going to ring in the new year. So why not start with abstaining from alcohol

Fathers-to-be should avoid alcohol six months before conception

Drinking alcohol three months before pregnancy or during the first trimester was associated with a 44% raised risk of congenital heart disease for fathers and 16% for mothers, compared to not drinking. Binge drinking, defined as five or more drinks per sitting, was related to a 52% higher likelihood of these birth defects for men […]

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Pune: Good Samaritan’s donation helps save infant’s life

Ankita (name changed) a 22-day-old girl, who was suffering from a serious heart ailment, could not avail of any government scheme as her parents hailed from Karnataka. Prompt financial assistance was urgent for her to survive. In the meanwhile, a well-to-do family had shown interest in contributing money for a person who was in need […]

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Men who delay fatherhood put health of partners, unborn children at risk

The study, which reviewed 40 years of research on the effect of parental age on fertility, pregnancy and the health of children, was published in the journal Maturitas. “While it is widely accepted that physiological changes that occur in women after 35 can affect conception, pregnancy and the health of the child, most men do […]

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Infants born with congenital heart defects more likely to develop heart problems in future

Infants born with congenital heart defects more likely to develop heart problems in future  

People born with a minor heart defect are at greater risk of developing heart problems as they get older. The risk is so great that someone born with a heart defect who has a heart-healthy lifestyle is twice as likely to develop heart problems as someone born without a defect who has a heart-averse lifestyle. […]

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Climate change could raise risk of congenital heart defects, warns study

Climate change could raise risk of congenital heart defects, warns study

The study is preliminary, and the potential impact of climate change on congenital heart disease is far from clear, the researchers say. But earlier work has suggested that expectant mothers, who are exposed to extreme heat in the spring or summer, particularly in early pregnancy, are more likely to deliver babies with heart defects. “Early […]

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Childhood heart defects interlinked with early onset of dementia

People who survive childhood heart defects may have an increased risk of developing dementia before age 65, a Danish study suggests. “Previous studies showed that people born with heart defects may be at higher risk of neurodevelopmental problems in childhood, such as epilepsy and autism, but this is, to our knowledge, the first study to […]

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A wait at the OPD proves to be a boon

Unique surgical intervention helps save boy with congenital heart disease

Soham Waghmare, a five-year-old boy from Mumbai was admitted at S L Raheja, a Fortis Associate Hospital for a heart ailment. He had a hole in his heart since birth. Doctors at Raheja Hospital performed ‘Ross’ procedure to cure his heart disease. Doctors found that he was suffering from ‘bicuspid aortic valve,’ which is an […]

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