Of the thousands of babies born each year with a heart defect, 10 to 11 percent have transposition of the great arteries, according to the American Heart Association.
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How common is transposition of the great arteries?
Why is the rate of heart disease and stroke in the U.S. high?
Robin Miller, MD, Integrative Medicine, answeredThere have been fewer deaths from heart disease and stroke, but the rate in the U.S. population has remained high.
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What is chronic kidney disease?
National Kidney Foundation answeredChronic kidney disease (CKD) is a condition that damages your kidneys. It decreases your kidneys’ ability to filter your blood and keep you healthy. The two main causes of CKD are diabetes and high blood pressure. Diabetes occurs when your blood sugar is too high, causing damage to many organs in your body, including the kidneys and heart, as well as blood vessels, eyes and nerves. High blood pressure, or hypertension, occurs when the pressure of blood against the walls of your blood vessels increases. If uncontrolled, or poorly controlled, high blood pressure can be a leading cause of CKD, heart attacks and strokes. CKD can also cause high blood pressure. Many other conditions can harm the kidneys. These include:
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- heart and blood vessel disease
- glomerulonephritis, a disease that causes inflammation in the kidneys
- inherited diseases, like polycystic kidney disease, which causes cysts to form in the kidneys