News you can use | Kids & heart disease

News you can use | Kids & heart disease

In what could be viewed as an early indicator of heart disease, Canadian scientists have found the blood vessels of obese children as young as 13 years have stiffness normally seen in ageing adults. The British Columbia Children’s Hospital study involving 63 obese children with an average age of 13 found signs of “stiffening" in the aorta—the largest artery in the human body—which is linked with cardiovascular diseases and early death.

“We were surprised to find that these children already have stiff blood vessels," says Kevin Harris, one of the researchers, who presented their study at the ongoing Canadian Cardiovascular Congress. “Aortic stiffness is an early indicator of cardiovascular disease in obese children," adds Dr Harris.

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