There are many risk factors for valvular heart disease, but some of the most important include your age, lifestyle, having certain other illnesses, and having risk factors, such as IV drug use, for infective endocarditis. Older people are more likely to develop problems with their heart valves, although some people are born with heart valve conditions. Lifestyle factors like smoking, not exercising, and having an unhealthy diet increase your risk for valvular disease. In addition, having illnesses such as diabetes is a risk factor. A family history of early heart disease is a further indicator that you may be at risk for this condition.
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What increases my risk for valvular heart disease?
Piedmont Heart Institute answered
Is pediatric congenital heart disease common?
Greenville Health System answered
The incidence of moderate-to-severe forms of pediatric congenital heart disease is approximately six in 1,000 births. If potentially serious bicuspid aortic valve is included, the incidence is 19 in 1,000 live births and 75 in 1,000 births when all tiny muscular VSDs (ventricular septal defects) and more minor lesions are included. These figures do not include many other pediatric heart conditions, including long QT syndrome, Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, other arrhythmias, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and dilated cardiomyopathies.
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Is caffeine bad for your heart?
You may have felt your heart rate speed up after drinking coffee. Does this mean that caffeine is bad for your heart?
Recent research suggests that moderate caffeine consumption (up to four cups of coffee a day) will not cause a person to be hospitalized for heart arrhythmia (an irregular heartbeat). Also, moderate coffee consumption may slightly reduce the risk of dying from heart disease. These studies, however, will need to be verified with additional research studies.
If you have known heart rhythm problems or existing heart disease, talk with your doctor about caffeine consumption. In these cases, your doctor may still suggest that you restrict caffeine intake.
Moderate caffeine consumption may be safe for people without existing heart disease, but this does not mean that you should increase your caffeine intake if you drink little or no coffee. Caffeine is addictive and can contribute to dehydration, temporary spikes in blood pressure, fatigue, anxiety and other effects.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
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