Professor Lewandowski studies effects of pregnancy complications like preterm birth on heart development and other bodily systems and organs.
In this podcast, he discusses preterm cardiology and possibilities of heart disease. He explains
Adam Lewandowski is a university research lecturer and British Heart Foundation Intermediate Research Fellow at the University of Oxford in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Radcliffe Department of Medicine. As neonatal clinical care has advancement to increase survival rates of preterm babies, more focus is on long-term connections between preterm development and heart disease.
Professor Lewandowski explains that babies born as early as 22 weeks survive, with a 60 to 70% survival rate within that cohort. He describes preterm development with a cardiology lens, explaining how changes in pressure effect functioning pulmonary resistance. It’s common to see an increase in hypertrophic cells and thickening ventricular walls with smaller cavities leading to reduced myocardial functional reserve.
Dr. Lewandowski also touches on causes of preterm birth like genetic factors, preeclampsia, infections, obesity, and smoking. He addresses the challenges of preterm care such as monitoring and maintaining lung function, providing nutrition and food, and keeping them infection free.
Finally, he discusses chances of adult heart disease and other issues regarding cardiovascular health as well as studies to assess interventions like exercise and nutrition. He explains the importance of monitoring these patients as they grow into adulthood to catch any issues like hypertension early. He reminds listeners that long-term concerns often take a back seat at the neonatal stage because all efforts go to keeping these preterm babies alive.
For more about Dr. Lewandowski, see his lab’s website at www.rdm.ox.ac.uk/about/our-divisions/division-of-cardiovascular-medicine/division-of-cardiovascular-medicine-research/lewandowski-group.
For other resources on these issues, look for good charity websites like the March of Dimes.
Available on Apple Podcasts: apple.co/2Os0myK
Most of us go to the doctor after we’re already sick—which usually makes treatment more difficult. But what if there was an easy-to-use early warning system that could… Read More
It sounds like something out of a sci-fi horror movie: people in a lab, printing human body parts composed of real, living tissues. But for the team at… Read More
How can we gain a better understanding surrounding the control over metastasis throughout the body? Through mouse and human study, we can start to understand why and how… Read More
Could your seemingly insurmountable anxiety or depression be a little simpler than it feels? The answer might surprise you, and then change your life. Tune in to discover:… Read More
How can each of us make minor adjustments in our lifestyle to enhance our holistic wellness on the whole? By working through several layers of treatment, any form… Read More