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Early Life Stresses Linked to Poor Vascular Health in Adulthood

Reuters reports on research published in the journal Hypertension that suggests that children who are exposed to adverse events may suffer from unhealthy blood vessel function later in life. Researchers recruited 221 healthy adolescents in 1989 and calculated adverse childhood event (ACE) scores based on factors such as household dysfunction, neglect and abuse. Results showed that “participants who had one traumatic event in childhood had plasma endothelin-1 levels that were an average of 18% higher than those who had reported no traumatic events, and those who had two or more traumatic childhood events had levels that were 24% higher.” Researchers aim to study whether behavioral therapy may help mitigate these effects.

Read the article published by Reuters.

Read the study in Hypertension.