congenital heart defects

Today on CrossCurrents - a rebroadcast of a talk by heart expert Dr. Robert Eckel, moderated by Dr. Ann Mass. Dr. Eckel served on the panel that issued the new guidelines on statins and other cholesterol lowering drugs.

Bio from the Anschutz Medical Campus Website:


A new study from the Colorado School of Public Health links natural gas development with certain birth defects. The report, Natural Gas Development and Birth Outcomes, found congenital heart defects were 30 percent more likely in infants born to mothers living close to natural gas development. These defects happen before birth, when the blood vessels near the heart don’t develop normally. Lisa McKenzie is a Research Associate at the University of Colorado’s School of Public Health.