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Fathers-to-be: Smoking could harm your baby

Paternal smoking is linked to increased risk of congenital heart defects


Source: European Society of Cardiology



  • Fathers-to-be who smoke may increase the risk of congenital heart defects in their offspring, according to a new study.

  • For mothers-to-be, both smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke were detrimental.

  • Congenital heart defects are the leading cause of stillbirth and affect 8 in 1,000 babies born worldwide.

  • Prognosis and quality of life continues to improve with innovative surgeries, but the effects are still lifelong.

Smoking is teratogenic, meaning it can cause developmental malformations
  • The association between prospective parents smoking and the risk of congenital heart defects has attracted more and more attention with the increasing number of smokers of childbearing age.


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