Children with congenital heart disease more likely to have weight problems

Dec 20, 2010

Children with congenital heart disease are more likely to be overweight

Research shows children who have congenital heart disease are more likely to be overweight. Both conditions can have devastating health consequences and may result in higher life insurance premiums.

According to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, children who have this problem are more likely to have weight problems and a heavier left ventricle. Furthermore, such children are also at an increased risk of developing further heart disease later in life.

Cincinnati Children's Heart Institute fellow Dr. David Crowley says being at an optimal weight is especially important for such children.

"It's essential that overweight kids lose weight, especially those who have been on bypass," says Crowley. "And it is essential that more studies be done to address the impact of the obesity epidemic on the long-term outcome and cardiovascular health of children with congenital heart diseases."

Reducing one's consumption of fats and oils can help keep their weight in check. Increasing fruits and vegetables in a person's diet can help them get the proper vitamins and nutrients they need to be healthy. Additionally, getting adequate exercise is important to one's overall well-being.

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