Young at Heart at Risk

carotid_arteries_scan_blog_May09.jpg Today's youth who are struggling with obesity or diabetes may be at serious risk later in life. Recent studies show that youngsters who struggle with such issues may be in store for serious hardening of arteries and heart disease. A Forbes health article said, "The walls of these carotid arteries, which carry blood to the brain, showed a thickening and stiffness known to increase the risk of future strokes, heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems, according to a report to be published in the June 9 issue of *Circulatio. *Dr. Elaine Urbina, director of preventive cardiology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati and lead author of the report. "This could be the first generation of Americans that has a shorter life expectancy than its parents," she said." The plaque built up in arteries is typically what heart scans look to find and detect early on, usually physicians recommends high risk patients over the age of 35 to get yearly scans. But with studies showing the potential for young children to be adversely affected it may be a beneficial idea to get high risk kids checked as well.
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