Medications can help treat mild heart birth defects by helping improve heart pumping and function. In some cases, this can decrease the impact of the heart defect. Antibiotics are also common medications used in people with heart birth defects. Though they do not treat the defect, they help to prevent bacterial infections that can be deadly, as the birth defect makes them more susceptible to infection.
Mitchell C. Rosenberg, MD
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How do medications treat heart birth defects?
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Does grape juice have the same heart health benefits as drinking red wine?
Studies have thus far been inconclusive, but there may be a link between moderate red wine consumption and a reduced risk of heart disease. But what about people who do not drink red wine? Could grape juice have the same effects?
Interest in red wine for heart health has focused in part on the possible beneficial effects of substances called antioxidants in the wine, resveratrol in particular. These antioxidants are thought to have roles in protecting arteries, reducing the likelihood of blood clots and raising levels of the “good” form of cholesterol (HDL, or high-density lipoprotein).
These antioxidants originate in the skins of the grapes from which the wine is made. These same antioxidants are in grape juice. So the good news is that if red wine is proven to help heart health because of antioxidants, then a glass of purple grape juice a day may have the same effects. However, one theory is also that the benefits of red wine come not from the antioxidants, but from the alcohol in the wine. If that proves true, then grape juice is not an effective preventive measure for heart health. So for now, stay tuned. If you already enjoy grape juice and drink it, you might be helping your heart health.
Can a negative attitude affect heart health?
If you constantly complain, with no interest in finding a solution, or secretly enjoy throwing pity-parties for yourself more than once in a blue moon, know that an ongoing gloomy attitude triples your risk of a heart attack, a bypass, and even clogged leg arteries. On the other hand, a positive attitude and optimistic outlook can improve your quality of life, help you stay well, and may also speed up healing.
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