Congenital heart disease varies widely in severity. Some babies have only mild heart defects that have no symptoms, while other babies do not live past their first few days. The treatment of congenital heart disease has improved greatly in past years - whereas many children used to die of the condition, most are now living into adulthood. However, regardless of symptom severity, it is important to monitor your congenital heart disease so that you do not have any complications later on.
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Can chocolate reduce my risk for coronary heart disease?
Some studies suggest dark chocolate can lower blood pressure and improve blood flow through the arteries, reducing the risk of coronary heart disease. These benefits are due to the presence of flavanoids, found in cocoa beans. Flavanoids are similar to antioxidants; they reduce inflammation and repair cell damage. Most chocolate, however, primarily contains saturated fat and processed sugar, two ingredients that are more harmful than healthy for the heart. And not all chocolate is created equal: only dark chocolate contains enough flavanoids to have potential health benefits. Further research is necessary to determine whether chocolate can reduce the risk for coronary heart disease.
How do medications treat valvular heart disease?
Medications perform several important jobs in treating valvular heart disease. One job is to reduce how much your heart has to work; calcium channel blockers, digitalis, and diuretics can do this. Another task is to control blood pressure; this is done through beta-blockers and calcium-channel blockers. Blood clotting can be a problem for patients with valvular heart disease, and antiplatelet therapy and anticoagulants help prevent blood clots from forming. Finally, diuretics help reduce fluid retention and salt levels, which in turn eases the strain on your heart.
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