Navigation Links
Deaths From Congenital Heart Defects on the Decline
Date:11/22/2010

MONDAY, Nov. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Deaths from congenital heart defects in the United States fell 24 percent from 1999 to 2006, continuing a decades-long decline, a new study finds.

Congenital heart defects are structural abnormalities of the heart at birth. These include a variety of conditions that range from mild to severe and can increase the risk for problems such as irregular heartbeats, congestive heart failure and high blood pressure in arteries that supply blood to the lungs.

The new study was led by Suzanne Gilboa, an epidemiologist at the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The findings were published Nov. 22 in the journal Circulation.

Gilboa and her colleagues found that in 2006 a congenital heart defect was the underlying cause of 27,960 deaths, a rate of 1.2 deaths per 100,000 people. Infants accounted for 48 percent of the deaths.

Among the study's other findings:

  • Blacks had the highest rate of death from congenital heart defects.
  • There was a 15 percent decline in the death rate for all racial/ethnic groups other than whites, who had a decline of more than 25 percent.
  • Males had a higher death rate than females, except in people over age 65.
  • The most common fatal congenital heart defect (about 10 percent of cases) was hypoplastic left heart syndrome, an underdeveloped left side of the heart.

Gilboa's team said that it's not clear why the drop in deaths occurred, but advances in technology, leading to better diagnosis and treatment, probably played a role.

The latest findings seem to continue a trend: research published in 2001 found that deaths from congenital heart defects decreased 39 percent between 1979 and 1997.

More information

The March of Dimes has more about congenital heart defects.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: American Heart Association, news release, Nov. 22, 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Vitamin D Shortage Not Tied to Stroke Deaths in Blacks: Study
2. Hospital Checklists Reduce Surgical Complications, Deaths: Study
3. National study shows CT screening of former, current smokers reduces lung cancer deaths
4. New program targets research on reducing deaths due to prescription opioid overdose
5. Progress against child deaths will lag until family, community care prioritized
6. Cancer deaths fall, but prevention still lags behind
7. Primary care financial incentives cut heart disease deaths and admissions
8. 10 minutes could prevent one-third of road deaths
9. Deaths From Heart Attack Rise With Delays in Care
10. Secularization of suicide meant callous mockery of writers deaths
11. Cancer deaths continue to drop
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Deaths From Congenital Heart Defects on the Decline 
(Date:10/12/2017)... , ... October 12, 2017 , ... Planet Fitness, one ... U.S., announced today its plans to open a flagship location in Covington, LA at ... former Rooms To Go store next to Office Depot in the Holiday Square shopping ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 2017 , ... The American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) will present the ... Opening Session of AMIA’s Annual Symposium in Washington, D.C. AMIA’s Annual Symposium ... a pioneer in the field of medical informatics, this prestigious award is presented to ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Dr. Parsa Mohebi, ... a medical article to the newly revamped Cosmetic Town journal section, ... hair transplant procedure known as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). , Dr. ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... On Saturday, October 21, the Health ... Miles by Moonlight to raise money for the American Heart Association Heart Walk. Teams ... Teams will work together to keep their treadmills moving for 5 hours. Treadmills will ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... In the United States, single-family ... some states—like New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Texas, Virginia, Connecticut, and California—the average ... extremely low property-tax rates, which contributes to the relatively lower cost of living ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/27/2017)... 27, 2017  Commended for their devotion to personalized service, ... as number one in the South Florida Business Journal,s 50 ... 5000 yearly list, the national specialty pharmacy has found its ... will soon be honored by SFBJ as the 2017 ... Set to receive his award in October, Bardisa said ...
(Date:9/23/2017)... Sept. 22, 2017 Janssen Biotech, Inc. (Janssen) ... letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ... sirukumab for the treatment of moderately to severely active ... clinical data are needed to further evaluate the safety ... active RA. ...
(Date:9/19/2017)...   ZirMed Inc ., a recognized leader in cloud-based ... has been ranked #1 by its users for the seventh ... User Survey. ZirMed was recognized as the top-ranked end-to-end revenue ... centers over 200 beds and holds one of the longest ... history. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: