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Exposure to parental smoking in childhood or adolescence is associated with increased carotid intima-media thickness in young adults: evidence from the Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns study and the Childhood Determinants of Adult Health Study

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Gall, SL and Huynh, QL and Magnussen, CG and Juonala, M and Viikari, JS and Kahonen, M and Dwyer, T and Raitakari, OT and Venn, A, Exposure to parental smoking in childhood or adolescence is associated with increased carotid intima-media thickness in young adults: evidence from the Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns study and the Childhood Determinants of Adult Health Study, European Heart Journal, 35 pp. 2485-2491. ISSN 0195-668X (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/eurheartj/ehu049

Abstract

AIM: Recent evidence suggests that the exposure of children to their parents' smoking adversely effects endothelial function in adulthood. We investigated whether the association was also present with carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) up to 25 years later. METHODS AND RESULTS: The study comprised participants from the Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study (YFS, n = 2401) and the Childhood Determinants of Adult Health (CDAH, n = 1375) study. Exposure to parental smoking (none, one, or both) was assessed at baseline by questionnaire. B-mode ultrasound of the carotid artery determined IMT in adulthood. Linear regression on a pooled dataset accounting for the hierarchical data and potential confounders including age, sex, parental education, participant smoking, education, and adult cardiovascular risk factors was conducted. Carotid IMT in adulthood was greater in those exposed to both parents smoking than in those whose parents did not smoke [adjusted marginal means: 0.647 mm 0.022 (mean SE) vs. 0.632 mm 0.021, P = 0.004]. Having both parents smoke was associated with vascular age 3.3 years greater at follow-up than having neither parent smoke. The effect was independent of participant smoking at baseline and follow-up and other confounders and was uniform across categories of age, sex, adult smoking status, and cohort. CONCLUSIONS: These results show the pervasive effect of exposure to parental smoking on children's vascular health up to 25 years later. There must be continued efforts to reduce smoking among adults to protect young people and to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease across the population.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Cardiovascular diseases, Children, Epidemiology, Risk factors, Passive smoking
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Epidemiology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions)
Objective Field:Cardiovascular System and Diseases
Author:Gall, SL (Dr Seana Gall)
Author:Huynh, QL (Dr Quan Huynh)
Author:Magnussen, CG (Dr Costan Magnussen)
Author:Venn, A (Professor Alison Venn)
ID Code:91578
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2014-05-22
Last Modified:2015-03-26
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