A Rough Childhood Affect Heart Conditions of Adults


Rough Childhood Affect Heart DiseaseAdults who experienced abuse, poverty, or social isolation during childhood will face a higher risk of heart disease as a consequence of increased reactivity. According to Karen A. Matthews, a professor of psychiatry and epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh, many disorders first diagnosed in mid-life can be traced back to childhood. “Bad habits at the age of 20-30 is part of why people get diseases later in life,” he said.

In American Psychological Association news broadcasts, Matthews said the evidence showed that a certain reaction to bad childhood experiences which is associated with low socioeconomic status, isolation and negative events can affect the disease process

Matthews led a study which was followed by 212 adolescents, aged 14-16 years for three years. Researchers found that teenagers from poor families are more likely to have early signs of heart disease. “Socio-economic status of parents affect the risk of future cardiovascular disease in adolescents,” said Matthews according to healthday.

“Our data shows this age group are more prone to cardiovascular risk if they are exposed to various stress,” He continued. Matthews, cited a New Zealand study which found that children who are socially isolated – separated from family economics – are also at increased risk for cardiovascular disease. Another study mentioned that someone who lives in a poor family can influence a child’s reactions to negative situations and, from time to time, increase the risk of heart disease.

Children who have minimal resources from both their families and communities grow in unexpected and stressful conditions. Fewer resources makes people more susceptible to negative impacts.