Juonala, M and Magnussen, CG and Venn, A and Gall, S and Kahonen, M and Laitinen, T and Taittonen, L and Lehtimaki, T and Jokinen, E and Sun, C and Viikari, JSA and Dwyer, T and Raitakari, OT, Parental smoking in childhood and brachial artery flow-mediated dilatation in young adults: The Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study and the Childhood Determinants of Adult Health Study, Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, 32, (4) pp. 1024-1031. ISSN 1079-5642 (2012) [Refereed Article]
Copyright 2012 American Heart Association, Inc.
Objective: Passive smoking has been associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity. The present study aimed to examine the long-term effects of childhood exposure to tobacco smoke on endothelium-dependent vasodilation in adults.
Methods and Results: The analyses were based on 2171 participants in the population-based Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns (N = 2067) and Childhood Determinants of Adult Health (N = 104) studies who had measures of conventional risk factors (lipids, blood pressure, adiposity, socioeconomic status) and self-reported parental smoking status when aged 3 to 18 years at baseline. They were re-examined 19 to 27 years later when aged 28 to 45 years. Brachial artery flow-mediated dilatation was measured at follow-up with ultrasound. In analyses adjusting for age, sex, and childhood risk factors, flow-mediated dilatation was reduced among participants who had parents that smoked in youth compared to those whose parents did not smoke (Young Finns: 9.2 ± 0.1% (mean ± SEM) versus 8.6 ± 0.1%, P = 0.001; Childhood Determinants of Adult Health: 7.4 ± 0.6% versus 4.9 ± 0.9%, P = 0.04). These effects remained after adjustment for adult risk factors including own smoking status (Young Finns, P = 0.003; Childhood Determinants of Adult Health, P = 0.03).
Conclusion: Parental smoking in youth is associated with reduced flow-mediated dilatation in young adulthood measured over 20 years later. These findings suggest that passive exposure to cigarette smoke among children might cause irreversible impairment in endothelium-dependent vasodilation.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||endothelial function, epidemiology, children, passive smoking|
|Research Division:||Medical and Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Cardiorespiratory Medicine and Haematology|
|Research Field:||Cardiology (incl. Cardiovascular Diseases)|
|Objective Group:||Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions)|
|Objective Field:||Cardiovascular System and Diseases|
|Author:||Magnussen, CG (Dr Costan Magnussen)|
|Author:||Venn, A (Professor Alison Venn)|
|Author:||Gall, S (Dr Seana Gall)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||35|
|Deposited By:||Menzies Institute for Medical Research|
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