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Congenital Heart Disease Increases Dementia Risk

A recent study published in Circulation indicates that people with congenital heart disease showed an elevated risk for dementia, particularly early-onset dementia, compared with the general population. A press release published by Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark stated: “Previous studies showed that people born with heart defects have a higher risk of neurodevelopmental problems in childhood such as epilepsy and autism, but this is… the first study to examine the potential for dementia later in adult life.”

Researchers analyzed data from 10,632 patients with congenital heart disease who were alive at 30 years old, and retrieved data from patients diagnosed with congenital heart disease between 1963 and 1974. Data was used from both medical records review and the Danish National Patient Registry; each patient with congenital heart disease was matched with 10 patients from the general population.

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Vitamin D3 Could Prevent CVD Damage

A new study conducted by researchers and scientists at Ohio University has found that vitamin D3 – a vitamin that is naturally produced when skin is exposed to sunlight – could prevent and restore damage caused by several cardiovascular diseases, including diabetes, hypertension and atherosclerosis.

The study shows that Vitamin D3 — which is made by the body naturally when skin is exposed to the sun — can significantly restore the damage to the cardiovascular system caused by several diseases, including hypertension, diabetes and atherosclerosis. Vitamin D3 supplements are also available over-the-counter.

The study, by Marvin and Ann Dilley White Chair and Distinguished Professor Dr. Tadeusz Malinski and two graduate students, Alamzeb Khan and Hazem Dawoud, has been published in the International Journal of Nanomedicine.

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