Folic Acid-Fortified Food Tied to Drop in Congenital Heart Defects

Share this content:
Folic Acid-Fortified Food Tied to Drop in Congenital Heart Defects
Folic Acid-Fortified Food Tied to Drop in Congenital Heart Defects

THURSDAY, Sept. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The introduction of folic acid-fortified foods in Canada was associated with a decrease in infants being born with congenital heart defects (CHDs), according to a study published in the Aug. 30 issue of Circulation.

K.S. Joseph, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and colleagues reviewed data from 5,901,701 births in Canada. The births occurred between 1990 and 2011. Folic acid food fortification became mandatory for all types of flour, enriched pasta, and cornmeal in 1998 in Canada.

The researchers found that during the study period there was an 11 percent decline in rates of CHDs overall. The largest declines -- between 15 and 27 percent -- were in structural defects of the heart, such as conotruncal defects, ventricular septal defects, or coarctation of the aorta.

"Although food fortification with folic acid was aimed primarily at reducing neural tube defects, this population-based intervention may also have had a beneficial effect on specific types of CHDs, which in aggregate are more common," the authors write.

Full Text

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

Trending Activities

All Professions



Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


More in Home

FDA Approves First Drug for Rare Form of Rickets

FDA Approves First Drug for Rare Form of ...

Crysvita approved for adults and children ages 1 year and older with x-linked hypophosphatemia

High FGF-23 Linked to Recurrent Cardiac Events After ACS

High FGF-23 Linked to Recurrent Cardiac Events After ...

FGF-23 in top quartile independently linked to greater risk of CV death, heart failure hospitalization

Medical Cannabis Not Recommended for Sleep Apnea

Medical Cannabis Not Recommended for Sleep Apnea

American Academy of Sleep Medicine says evidence insufficient to recommend cannabis for apnea

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »