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Childhood socioeconomic status and arterial stiffness in adulthood: the cardiovascular risk in Young Finns Study


Puolakka, E and Pahkala, K and Laitinen, TT and Magnussen, CG and Hutri-Kahaonen, N and Kahonen, M and Lehtimaki, T and Tossavainen, P and Jokinen, E and Sabin, MA and Laitinen, T and Elovainio, M and Pulkki-Raback, L and Viikari, JSA and Raitakari, OT and Juonala, M, Childhood socioeconomic status and arterial stiffness in adulthood: the cardiovascular risk in Young Finns Study, Hypertension, 70, (4) pp. 729-735. ISSN 0194-911X (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.117.09718


Increasing evidence supports the importance of socioeconomic factors in the development of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. However, the association of childhood socioeconomic status (SES) with arterial stiffness in adulthood has not been reported. Our aim was to determine whether higher childhood family-level SES is associated with lower arterial stiffness in adulthood. The analyses were performed using data gathered within the longitudinal Young Finns Study. The sample comprised 2566 participants who had data concerning family SES at ages 3 to 18 years in 1980 and arterial pulse wave velocity and carotid artery distensibility measured 21 or 27 years later in adulthood. Higher family SES in childhood was associated with lower arterial stiffness in adulthood; carotid artery distensibility being higher (β value ± SE, 0.029 ± 0.0089%/10 mm Hg; P = 0.001) and pulse wave velocity lower (β value ± SE, -0.062 ± 0.022 m/s; P = 0.006) among those with higher family SES in a multivariable analysis adjusted with age, sex, and conventional childhood cardiometabolic risk factors. The association remained significant after further adjustment for participant's SES in adulthood (β value ± SE, 0.026 ± 0.010%/10 mm Hg; P = 0.01 for carotid artery distensibility and β value ± SE, -0.048 ± 0.023 m/s; P = 0.04 for pulse wave velocity) but attenuated after adjustment for adulthood cardiometabolic risk factors (β value ± SE, 0.015 ± 0.008%/10 mm Hg; P = 0.08 for carotid artery distensibility and β value ± SE, -0.019 ± 0.02 m/s; P = 0.38 for pulse wave velocity). In conclusion, we observed an association between higher family SES in childhood and lower arterial stiffness in adulthood. Our findings suggest that special attention could be paid to children from low SES families to prevent cardiometabolic diseases primordially.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:attention, cardiovascular diseases, risk factors, social class, vascular stiffness
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Epidemiology
Research Field:Epidemiology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Magnussen, CG (Associate Professor Costan Magnussen)
ID Code:122156
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2017-11-02
Last Modified:2018-07-24

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