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Early Childhood Stress May Lead To Increased Cardiovascular Risk As Adults

Posted May 16 2010 12:00am

Scientists have been researching the connection between early life stress and the increase in sensitivity to a hormone known to increase your blood pressure and increase cardiovascular risk in adult life. The chronic stress model most typically has been used to look at the psychological impact of childhood stress; this was the first time it was used to measure cardiovascular impact. Recent studies are showing adverse childhood events, such as abuse or parental loss, can increase the risk of cardiovascular events. It seems that abuse or loss of parents at an early age is common in many adults with ischemic heart disease.

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