Red wine isn't the only beverage that helps keep your arteries clear. Cranberry juice, tea, orange juice and tomato juice are also good sources of flavonoids, as are whole fruits and veggies. Get enough and you'll not only help give heart disease the boot but also fend off peripheral artery disease (PAD) -- a condition that reduces blood flow to the limbs and vital organs.
Peem Lorvidhaya, MD
- clinical cardiac electrophysiology
Location and Office HoursRhode Island Cardiology Center
East Providence, RI 02914
- BlueCross BlueShield of Rhode Island
- Neighborhood Health Plan
- United Healthcare
- Rhode Island Hospital
- The Miriam Hospital
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What is heart valve disease (valvular heart disease)?
A healthy heart circulates blood in a one-way loop, controlled by a system of four valves: the mitral, the aortic, the tricuspid, and the pulmonary. If these valves fail to open or close properly, the heart loses its ability to pump blood throughout the body, eventually starving organs of oxygen and nutrients.
Valves can be improperly formed (inborn), scarred, stretched, weakened, thinned, perforated or infected. Supportive structures may loosen or tear. If a valve does not fully close, blood can leak through the opening and go in the wrong direction, which is called regurgitation. Stenosis happens when the valve is narrowed, hardened or blocked and does not open correctly. Sometimes a valve neither opens nor closes properly.
What are the most common heart birth defects?
Of all birth defects that occur, heart defects are the most common, affecting one in every 100 babies. Common congenital heart defects include:
-Valvar pulmonary or aortic stenosisAtrial septal defects
-Ventricular septal defectsAtrioventricular septal (endocardial cushion) defect
-Coarctation of the aorta
-Tetralogy of Fallot
-Transposition of the great arteries
-Hypoplastic left heart syndrome/Single ventricle
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