Children Exposed to Tobacco Smoke at Home Have Worse Heart Function as Adults

December 21st, 2020

According to preliminary research from the American Heart Association (AHA), children who breathe secondhand tobacco smoke at home while growing up have a higher risk of experiencing decreased heart function as adults.

This finding expands on existing research by the AHA that shows that children exposed to secondhand smoke are likely to have negative changes in their vascular systems as adults. 

The new study examined the health records of more than 1,100 adults who are participants in the ongoing Childhood Determinants of Adult Health study, a research project initiated in 1985 that investigates the importance of childhood factors in the later development of risk factors for heart disease and stroke.

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