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Vascular ageing in youth: A call to action


Climie, RE and Park, C and Avolio, A and Mynard, JP and Kruger, R and Bruno, RM, Vascular ageing in youth: A call to action, Heart Lung and Circulation ISSN 1443-9506 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.hlc.2021.06.516


Extensive evidence shows that risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) begin to develop early in life. Childhood obesity and elevated blood pressure (BP) have become overwhelmingly challenging, with 57% of today's children predicted to be obese by the age of 35 years, and global rates of hypertension in children and adolescents increasing by 75% from 2000 to 2015. Thus, there is an urgent need for tools that can assess early CVD risk in youth, which may lead to better risk stratification, preventative intervention, and personalised medicine. Vascular ageing (the deterioration in vascular structure and function) is a pivotal progenitor of health degeneration associated with elevated BP. Exposure to adverse environmental and genetic factors from fetal life promotes the development and accumulation of subclinical vascular changes that direct an individual towards a trajectory of early vascular ageing (EVA)"an independent predictor of target organ damage in the heart, brain, and kidneys. Therefore, characterising vascular ageing from youth may provide a window into cardiovascular risk later in life. However, vascular ageing measurements only have value when techniques are accurate/validated and when reliable thresholds are available for defining normal ranges and ranges that signal increased risk of disease. The aim of this paper is to summarise current evidence on the importance of vascular ageing assessment in youth and the impact of interventions to prevent or delay EVA, to highlight the need for standardisation and validation of measurement techniques in children and adolescents, and the importance of establishing reference values for vascular ageing measures in this population.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:arterial stiffness, paediatrics, prevention, reference values
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Cardiovascular medicine and haematology
Research Field:Cardiology (incl. cardiovascular diseases)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Diagnosis of human diseases and conditions
UTAS Author:Climie, RE (Dr Rachel Climie)
ID Code:146275
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:12
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2021-08-27
Last Modified:2022-08-25

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