Childhood Heart Issues

Heart Failure Patients Receive Less Palliative Care

Palliative care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. Patients living with heart failure receive palliative care significantly less often than patients with other illnesses, including cancer, despite evidence that such care improves symptom management and quality of life.

Those findings, made by University of Pittsburgh researchers and based on a review of existing evidence, were recently published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology....

Here's Why Maternal Diabetes Increases Risk of Congenital Heart Defects

Maternal diabetes increased the risk of congenital heart defects and was found to be influenced by genetic susceptibilities, reveals a new study.

Infants of mothers with diabetes have a three- to five-fold increased risk of congenital heart defects. Such developmental defects are likely caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. However, the molecular mechanisms by which maternal diabetes disrupts normal heart development in genetically susceptible individuals remain unclear....

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