A new study published in New England Journal of Medicine have identified five childhood risk factors that predict a child’s risk of heart attack or stroke later in adulthood.
The study found that five factors – body mass index, blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, and youth smoking in childhood – are associated with cardiovascular events beginning at age 40.
Researchers tracked nearly 40,000 participants from Australia, Finland and the US for an average of 35 years. They found that the presence of just one of five risk factors during the ages of 3 to 19 increased the risk of future heart attack and stroke.
The major takeaway for parents is that early intervention to ensure the health of children is one of the best ways to ensure that they do not suffer a stroke or heart attack later in life.
Lead study author Terence Dwyer said: “Despite the impact of medical and surgical care on the treatment of heart disease, the major impact will depend on effective preventive strategies. This study confirms that prevention should begin in childhood,” According to a press release.
Heart disease kills more people in the United States than any other cause. This is expected to become even more killer due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic because of how COVID can lead to heart problems in the future. Stroke, on the other hand, is the 5th leading cause of death in the United States. Given the fact that US experts expect to see a “tidal wave” of heart problems in the years following the pandemic, making sure you’re keeping your kids healthy in every way you can control , will be key to keeping them healthy later in life. When it comes to his heart.
“While interventions in adulthood such as improving diet, quitting smoking, being more active, and taking the appropriate medications to reduce risk factors are helpful … there is much more that can be done during childhood … cardiovascular disease.” To reduce the lifelong risk of ,” Professor Dwyer said.
So keep your kids and their diet balanced and keep them away from smoking. It will pay dividends later.