High Blood Pressure In kids Linked To Secondhand Smoke:

High blood pressure in kids linked to secondhand smoke

High blood pressure in kids linked to secondhand smoke

A new study has found that secondhand smoke poses a long-term risk to young children’s cardiovascular systems, and suggests that those who live in a household where a parent or guardian smokes have an increased chance of developing high blood pressure as kids.

The study, conducted at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, examined the data of 4,236 healthy children, all ages 5 and 6, living in southwestern Germany. Of the children, 29% had a father that smoked and 21% had a mother who smoked. Roughly 12% lived in households where both parents were smokers.

The research found that the children exposed to secondhand smoke from their parents were 21% more likely to have their blood pressure reading register at the levels among the highest 15% of the entire population. Other childhood factors were taken into consideration when coming up with their figures.

Researchers point out the danger in developing high blood pressure at such a young age because most children carry the problem with them to adulthood, which would put them in greater danger of having a heart attack or stroke. High blood pressure is one of the leading causes of heart disease.

Currently, about 46,000 non-smoking Americans die each year from heart disease, according to the American Cancer Society.

The study appeared in the Jan. 10 online edition of Circulation.

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