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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Premature birth raises risk of heart trouble in later life

Premature birth is known to spur a range of problems in adulthood. Adding to the woes, babies born prematurely are at a higher risk of heart problems later in life than babies who are born full term. Previously conducted studies have already linked preterm births with higher risk of learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, digestion troubles and problems associated with breathing, vision and hearing. According to the new findings, premature birth manifests important changes in heart formation and it’s functioning during adulthood. “Up to 10 percent of today's young adults were born prematurely and some have an altered higher cardiovascular risk profile in adult life,” study leader Paul Leeson, a cardiologist at the University of Oxford's Cardiovascular Clinical Research Facility in England, said. “We wanted to understand why this occurs so that we can identify the small group of patients born premature who may need advice from their health care provider about this cardiovascular

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