Congenital Heart Defects

Latest Research

Every week our cardiologists review the most recent advances in cardiovascular medicine and select news to share with you. Here you will find summaries of some of the latest research news about congenital heart disease. Share these articles with your friends and family via social media, print items you’d like to discuss with your care team, or add them to your toolbox to read later.

Diet Soda and Sugary Drinks May Affect Lifespan, Study Finds

Two or more sodas a day shown to increase risk of death in nearly half a million Europeans.

Consumption of Plant-Based Proteins Could Add Years to Your Life

Study suggests that we eat plenty of plant-based foods, while limiting red and processed meat.

Not All Plant-Based Foods are Created Equal

Just because a food is vegetarian does not mean it promotes health and longevity. 

Obese Mothers are Twice as Likely to Have a Baby with Congenital Heart Defects

Study confirms the link between maternal obesity and risk of congenital heart defects.

Top CardioSmart News Articles of 2018

This year's most read patient summaries worth a second look.

Children Should Avoid Diet Drinks, Advise Experts

Experts can’t say with certainty that artificially sweetened drinks are safe, based on a recent advisory from the American Heart Association.

Health Literacy is Critical to Heart Disease Prevention

An American Heart Association statement addresses health literacy as a barrier to heart health. 

Loneliness is Bad for the Heart

A lack of social support is linked to poorer health outcomes in heart patients.

Prevention and Treatment of Cardiac Arrest in Children with Heart Disease

The American Heart Association issues a statement addressing the importance of preventing cardiac arrest in infants and children with congenital heart defects.

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Study Supports Closure Procedure for Stroke Patients with a Hole in the Heart

Minimally-invasive procedure improves outcomes for stroke patients with patent foramen ovale.

Repeat Imaging is Linked to Increased Cancer Risk in Adults with Congenital Heart Disease

Researchers explore why those born with heart defects tend to have double the cancer risk than other adults do.

Surgery Proves to be Life-Saving for People Born with a Hole in the Heart

Corrective surgery reduces mortality risk, especially when performed earlier in life. 

Moderate Exercise Reduces Risk of Death in Women

A study of more than 17,000 women links physical activity to a longer, healthier life.

Medication Adherence Remains Challenging for Heart Patients

Taking medication as directed is critical to improving outcomes.

A Heart-Healthy Lifestyle Helps Keep the Mind Intact

Experts provide simple yet effective strategies for protecting cognitive health as we age.

Too Much Salt Puts Added Stress on Heart

A recent study confirms that consuming more than 3,700 mg of sodium daily taxes the heart.

Guidelines Fine-Tune Heart Screenings in Young Athletes

Refined testing would save health care costs while still detecting serious heart conditions.

Study Helps Identify High-Risk Patients with a Complication from Congenital Heart Defects

Experts hope these findings will help improve outcomes for patients with Eisenmenger syndrome.

The Importance of Promoting Heart Health in Children

Experts highlight early education about heart health for prevention later in life.

Surgery Becoming Safer, More Effective for Children with Congenital Heart Defects

Analysis of Finnish registries shows significant improvement in survival rates for children undergoing surgery for heart defects.

Survival Rates Improving for Patients with Down Syndrome and Congenital Heart Defects

Early surgical treatment—which has become more common over the last six decades—improves outcomes.
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Virtual Health Programs Could Improve Global Health

An online challenge promotes physical activity and weight loss in over 60 countries.

Heart Disease Burden Has Shifted to Southern U.S. States

The highest death rates from heart disease have shifted to the South since the 1970s.

Decline in Dementia Rates Over Past Three Decades

Study analyzed data on trends in older adults in the Framingham Heart Study.

Texting Programs Improve Medication Adherence in Patients with Chronic Disease

A recent study suggests that text messaging programs double the odds of medication adherence in adults with chronic disease.