Heart birth defects generally do not affect children differently than adults. However, they are usually discovered when a person is still young due to the serious symptoms and health issues they can cause. With very minor birth defects, it is possible for someone not to realize they have the defect until they become an adult. In most cases, however, birth defects are discovered either shortly after birth or around toddler age.
Andrew T. Ho, MD
- interventional cardiology
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Riverside, CA 92501
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- Inland Valley Medical Center
- Loma Linda University Medical Center, East Campus
- Riverside Community Hospital
Do heart birth defects affect children differently than adults?
Piedmont Heart Institute answered
Does grape juice have the same heart health benefits as drinking red wine?
Studies have thus far been inconclusive, but there may be a link between moderate red wine consumption and a reduced risk of heart disease. But what about people who do not drink red wine? Could grape juice have the same effects?
Interest in red wine for heart health has focused in part on the possible beneficial effects of substances called antioxidants in the wine, resveratrol in particular. These antioxidants are thought to have roles in protecting arteries, reducing the likelihood of blood clots and raising levels of the “good” form of cholesterol (HDL, or high-density lipoprotein).
These antioxidants originate in the skins of the grapes from which the wine is made. These same antioxidants are in grape juice. So the good news is that if red wine is proven to help heart health because of antioxidants, then a glass of purple grape juice a day may have the same effects. However, one theory is also that the benefits of red wine come not from the antioxidants, but from the alcohol in the wine. If that proves true, then grape juice is not an effective preventive measure for heart health. So for now, stay tuned. If you already enjoy grape juice and drink it, you might be helping your heart health.
How are heart attacks related to heart failure?
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital answered
"Repeat heart attacks cause most cases of chronic heart failure," said Dr. Ulrich Jorde. "Each attack takes out pieces of the heart muscle, kind of chop by chop. At a certain point the heart is so weak that you have problems going forward." As the condition progresses other organs suffer. "The real problems arise when the heart cannot do its job and the other organs, specifically the kidney, begin to fail. That's when you're going down the road," he said.
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