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Women with Heart Disease Give Birth to Girls

Women with Heart Disease Give Birth to Girls

(ePharmaNews) - According to a new study from Iran, Pregnant women with heart disease are more likely to give birth to female children.

The study involved 200 pregnant women diagnosed with heart disease who were referred to a heart center for delivery. Of the 216 children born to these women, 75% were girls.

"We believe that this is the first study looking at the relationship between gender and the mother's cardiac disease," A. Alizadehasl of Tabriz University said in a statement. "We hope that this will lead to further investigation into this area."
The findings were presented at the World Heart Federation's World Congress of Cardiology in Dubai recently. According to the World Heart Federation, the cardiovascular diseases are the first cause of death among women, where 8.6 million women die due to cardiovascular disease each year.

The average age of women in the study was 29. Most women (64 percent) had a form of heart disease than involves problems with the heart valve. Nineteen percent had dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart becomes weakened and enlarged, and is not able to pump blood efficiently. Fourteen percent had a problem with their heart's structure and function that was present since birth.
"Chromosomes in a man's sperm are responsible for the sex of a baby," Dr. Kathryn Taubert, chief science officer at the World Heart Federation, said in a statement. "But this study does suggest that there may be a relationship between the health status of the mother and the sex of the babies that she is able to carry to full-term," said Taubert, who was not involved in the study.

This research may be the first of its kind in the link between the mothers’ heart disease and the gender of their babies, but it is part of a several studies tried to study the factors that may determine the baby gender.

The rates of giving birth to girls rose in difficult times, famines, stressed mothers and smokers couple, according to previous studies. Globally, the male-female ratio is 106 boys for every 100 girl .In this study, 32 boys only were born for every one hundred girls.

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