This portrait depict children — but now adults — who were born prematurely holding a framed photograph of themselves as newborns
Extreme preemies comprise of babies born at 29 weeks or earlier, before the delivery date matures. A new research now suggests that they stand the risk of suffering from high blood pressure in their adult life.
A late 2016 research arrived at the conclusion that high blood pressure had a connection with smaller-than-normal kidneys. In a separate study revolving around the same matter, research experts found out that high blood pressure and impaired cells could be linked.
Dr. Anne Monique Nuyt, a co-author to the two studies, explained that the studies are an indicator of the need to keep track of preterm babies. She is a professor at the University of Montreal under the department of pediatrics.
Considering that the medical field is advancing at a much faster rate, preterm babies born about 30 years ago are now living much longer than before. These preterm babies are currently in their 30’s and 40’s thus determining their health status in their 60’s or 70’s has become challenging. The kind of health problems they may run into in their old age is yet to be determined.
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Nuyt said “I don’t want to be alarmist. These young adults are carrying on their own lives — they’re working, getting married and having children. But we have to make sure they are well looked after.”
She further explained that smaller kidneys, blood vessels failure or high blood pressure cannot directly imply a heart disease will occur. These are just risk-factors whose cause-and-effect relationship is yet to be discovered.
The study presentation
The results of the study were presented at an American Heart Association meeting in Orlando, Fla in 2016. Since this finding is yet to be published on a peer review journal, it remains to be preliminary.
Dr. Gregg Fonarow, the American Heart Association spokesman, supported the preliminary findings by saying that prior studies have pointed out preterm babies face higher risks of cardiovascular diseases.
The professor of cardiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, said that these findings can be used to understand the link between preterm babies and cardiovascular cases.