Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Childhood adversity linked to blood pressure dysfunction


Public Release: 14-Nov-2016
Childhood adversity linked to blood pressure dysfunction
American Heart Association Meeting Report - Presentation: 307 - Session: EP.AOS.760
American Heart Association

A difficult childhood may be associated with a risk of poor blood pressure regulation, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2016.

Fluctuations in blood pressure readings (blood pressure variability) has been associated in some studies to elevated risk of cardiovascular disease and complications from hypertension. Researchers at the Augusta University Medical College of Georgia investigated the impact of "adverse childhood experiences" - childhood abuse or neglect, dysfunctional homes, or low socioeconomic status - during the transition from childhood to adulthood. Earlier research has linked adverse childhood experiences to faster increase of blood pressure in adulthood.


tags: child abuse

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