Yes, lesbians can donate blood if they do not have other risk factors.
Elizabeth F. Connelly, DO
- internal medicine
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Can lesbians donate blood if they do not have other risk factors?
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How can I lower my homocysteine levels?
Intermountain Registered Dietitians, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Intermountain HealthcareLuckily, a healthy diet (lots of fruits and vegetables; more whole grains; unsaturated fats and oils; heart-healthy proteins; low-fat dairy products or dairy alternatives; limited sodium, sugar, and alcohol) will give you nutrients that can lower homocysteine levels, including folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12. Quitting smoking can also lower homocysteine levels.
How are heart defects repaired?
Intermountain Healthcare answeredThe term "heart defect" often refers to an abnormal opening in the wall (septum) that divides the two upper chambers or the two lower chambers of the heart. Examples include atrial septal defects (ASDs), patent foramen ovales (PFOs), and ventricular septal defects (VSDs). Such defects don't always require treatment. When they do, sometimes medication treats the symptoms. In other cases, your healthcare provider may recommend a procedure to repair the hole in the heart wall. Most heart defects can be repaired in a cath lab procedure. Here's how:
- A catheter guides a flexible closure device through a blood vessel into your heart.
- Once the device is in the correct place, it can expand (open) to plug the hole. There are different types of devices, but they all generally work a bit like an umbrella. When the device is collapsed, it's small enough to travel inside your blood vessel. When it's opened, it covers a larger area.
- When the catheter is removed, this plugging device remains behind to close the hole in your heart. Eventually the device becomes covered with the body's own tissues.
During surgery, the surgeon repairs the defect with stitches (sutures) or patches it with a large "swatch" made of a surgical material or your own tissue.
Heart defect repairs have a high rate of success. Most of the time, these procedures completely cure the defect and help you avoid further problems.
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