Study shows childhood risk factors are linked with adult cardiovascular events

Published on April 7, 2022

Five childhood risk factors that predict stroke and heart attacks in adulthood have been identified after being tracked for up to half a century in the world’s largest international prospective cardiovascular disease study. The international study, co-authored by Trudy Burns, University of Iowa professor emerita of epidemiology, involved data from the long-running Muscatine Study based in Iowa.

The study, conducted by the International Childhood Cardiovascular Cohorts Consortium (i3C), found body mass index, blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides (a type of fat found in blood), and youth smoking, particularly in combination in early childhood, were clinically linked with cardiovascular events, from as early as 40 years of age.

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