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Can heart abnormalities be prevented?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

You can reduce your risk of many heart abnormalities by lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol, quitting smoking, and exercising regularly. Foods high in cholesterol and saturated fats can clog arteries and lead to coronary artery disease, a common cause of other heart abnormalities. Regular exercise can also raise levels of so-called good cholesterol, which may benefit your heart. If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, inform your doctor of all medications that you are taking, as some medicines may cause congenital heart defects in babies.

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