Have a happy childhood leaves the heart healthier

A survey in Finland shows that the welfare of children can have an impact on health throughout life. According to the study, published Monday in Circulation, the American Heart Association Journal, live positive psychological experiences in childhood decreases the likelihood of cardiovascular disease in adulthood.

The study evaluated in approximately 3500 children and teenagers from 3 to 18 years, issues such as socioeconomic status, emotional stability, parents ‘ health habits, occurrence of stressful events and behavior problems. After 27 years, when participants were 30 to 45 years, the cardiovascular health of each was analyzed. For this, the researchers took into account risk factors to the problem, including rates of cholesterol and blood sugar, hypertension, overweight, smoking and diabetes.

Result — according to the conclusions, children who have a higher well-being – such as emotional and financial stability at home, growing healthy habits and minor behavior problems (such as aggressiveness and impulsiveness) – are less likely to suffer cardiovascular problems when adults.

People who have lived more positive experiences in childhood and adolescence have a 14% higher probability of having a healthy weight in adulthood than those who have experienced less wellness factors when younger. In addition, have a 12% lower risk of becoming smokers and 11% less to suffer with high rates of blood sugar when older.

“The choices that parents do to change the environment in which the child lives can have long-term effects on their health. For example, pãe or mother unemployed who remain so for a long time can trigger a huge effect accordingly. On the other hand, if one parent fails to smoke, the improvement of child health will be significant, “says the study’s coordinator, Laura Pulkki-Råback, University of Helsinki, Finland.


One of the main factors to avoid accumulation of fat on the wall of the arteries (atherosclerosis call) is to control cholesterol levels. While the bad cholesterol (LDL) deposit fat in the wall of the arteries, the good cholesterol (HDL) takes the excess fat in the liver, where it is eliminated by the intestine.
Healthy rates of LDL and HDL prevents the formation of fatty plaques that cause clots. “Atherosclerosis decreases the size of the pot and can lead to obstruction of blood flow. Or she can create a fissure that exposes the core fat plate. This part, when contacting blood, originates the clot “, explains cardiologist Ratheesh R Menon, responsible for Clinic Checkup the Malappuram, in Kerala.