Pre-Pregnancy Weight of Mom Affects Offspring's Risk of Dying

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Pre-Pregnancy Weight of Mom Affects Offspring's Risk of Dying

November 19, 2014

Children of overweight women are more likely to die from heart disease or stroke in adulthood, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions. Researchers followed 879 participants from the Framingham Heart Study Offspring cohort for 41 years. Those with overweight mothers were 90 percent more likely to die from heart disease, compared with those whose mothers were normal weight.

To learn more about heart disease throughout the life cycle, including childhood, attend the Physicians Committee’s 2015 International Conference on Nutrition in Medicine: Cardiovascular Disease.

Mendelson M, Lyass A, de Ferranti SD, et al. Maternal pre-pregnancy overweight is associated with increased cardiovascular disease mortality in the Framingham Heart Study. Research presented at: American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014; November 18, 2014: Chicago, Ill.

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