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Bad Childhood Leads to Heart Health Issues Later in Life

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Children who experience trauma, abuse, neglect, and family dysfunction are at increased risk of having heart disease in their 50s and 60s, according to a new study from researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago.

Results from the study showed people exposed to the highest levels of childhood adversity were more than 50 percent more likely to have a cardiovascular disease event, such as a heart attack or stroke, over a 30-year follow-up period.

The longitudinal study of more than 3,600 participants is among the first to describe the trajectory of cardiovascular disease and death based on family environment ratings from young adulthood into older middle age, according to researchers.

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