A septal defect is a heart problem present at birth which often called "a hole in the heart". In a septal defect there is a hole in the middle wall, or septum, of the heart, causing the blood to circulate incorrectly. Procedures or surgery are often be used to close the hole, but in some minor cases, the hole may close on its own.
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How can owning a pet help my heart?
Maoshing Ni, PhD, LAc, Gerontology, answeredOur animal friends often warm our hearts, but according to studies, they also protect them. A study reported in the Medical Journal of Australia found that pet owners generally have lower blood pressure, triglycerides and cholesterol levels than people who do not own pets. Having a cat companion could cut your heart attack risk by nearly one-third! According to a study by the Minnesota Stroke Institute, which followed more than 4000 cat owners over a period of 10 years, being a feline owner can significantly decrease the chance of dying from heart disease. Pet owners have also been found to recover more speedily after surgery.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
What is the rate of incidence for heart birth defects?
Heart birth defects are one of the most common birth defects. They currently occur in about one of every 120 births, or just under 1 percent of babies. Currently, over 750,000 American adults have a heart birth defect.
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