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New Anti-lupus Drug Helps Prevent Congenital Heart Disease

6 monthes ago   |   By Medindia Health

A new research has found that the anti-lupus drug hydroxychloroquine is a safe, and highly effective drug for preventing pregnant women at risk from having another child with congenital heart block.
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Hydroxychloroquine halves recurrence of fetal heart block

Hydroxychloroquine halves recurrence of fetal heart block

6 monthes ago   |   By Healio

In a cohort of pregnant women with prior maternal congenital heart block, hydroxychloroquine successfully reduced the risk for recurrent fetal blocks by more than 50%, according results from the PATCH trial.
“Both the intention-to-treat and per-protocol analyses demonstrated that the recurrence rate of congenital heart block was reduced by more than half: from 18% to 7.4%,” Peter Izmirly, MD, associate professor at New York University School of Medicine, and colleagues wrote in the study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. “Thus, hydroxychloroquine
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