Cardiology

Impacts of Preterm Birth on Cardiovascular Health

Researchers from Oxford, UK have helped identify key changes to the heart of adults born prematurely, causing more significant problems for those born at the earliest gestations. They highlight that premature birth increases the risk of heart disease in later life and also reduce the ability of the heart to cope with stressors such as exercise.

You can read more in this link to The Conversation article or watch the video below where the lead researcher, Adam Lewandowski, explains what the research has identified and what can be done to reduce the risks.

Increased risk of pulmonary hypertension following premature birth

This study has found that premature birth significantly increases an individuals risk on pulmonary hypertension. They feel there are a few factors that have an impact upon this risk, and that is it still unclear what the underlying cause is. Click to read the full article.

Naumburg, E., Soderstorm, L. (2019) Increased risk of pulmonary hypertension following premature birth. BMC Pediatrics, 19(288)

Blood Pressure in Young Adults Born at Very Low Birth Weight

This study has found that adults born preterm at very low birth weight (<1500 g) have higher blood pressure than those born at term, with being female and exposure to maternal preeclampsia as additional risk factors. Click to read the full article.

Hovi, P., et al, 2016. Blood Pressure in Young Adults Born at Very Low Birth Weight, Hypertension, 68(880–887).