When Do Signs of Cardiovascular Disease Usually Appear?
Precursors to cardiovascular disease can show up as early as before birth. In this video, HealthMaker Gary Gibbons, MD, director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute explains why cardiovascular disease is not just a middle-aged problem.
One of the things that we're learning about cardiovascular disease-- we tend to think of it as a-- a problem of middle age.
But actually, the more we learn, the more we see that its antecedents actually begin very early on, some would argue in utero.
The exposures of the-- the growing fetus to the mom's environment as well as those early childhood
experiences results in the early development of the lesions that take decades to manifest themselves and eventually cause
a heart attack. So those habits of childhood that we used to think you'd get away with from those cheeseburgers and ice
creams and French fries-- that that's starting to have an effect because this is a process that occurs over the period of decades.
And again, the antecedents are early. So this is, I think, one of the concerns about the obesity epidemic, particularly affecting
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