Heart disease may begin in the WOMB

Mail Online | 1/22/2019 | Alexandra Thompson Senior Health Reporter For Mailonline
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Heart disease may begin in the womb, research suggests.

A study by Cambridge University found that adults who suffered chronic hypoxia - low oxygen - in the womb are more likely to show red flags for the condition, like high blood pressure or stiff arteries.

Chronic - Hypoxia - Side - Effect - Pregnancy

Chronic hypoxia is the most common side effect of pregnancy complications, such as pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes or just the expectant mother smoking.

The study was led by Professor Dino Giussani, from the department of physiology, development and neuroscience.

Heart - Disease - People - Scientists - Journal

Heart disease kills one in three people, the scientists wrote in the journal PLOS Biology.

It is widely accepted that our genes interact with our lifestyle habits - such as obesity and smoking - to determine our heart disease risk.

Study - Heart - Foundation - Risk

But the new study - partly funded by The British Heart Foundation - shows this risk may be set out before we are even born.

To determine if this risk can be offset, the researchers gave pregnant sheep vitamin C while placing them in reduced-oxygen chambers for their last trimesters.

Vitamin - C

Vitamin C helps to thin the...
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