Early socioeconomic position and blood pressure in childhood and adulthood: the cardiovascular risk in young Finns study

M Kivimäki, DA Lawlor, G Davey Smith, L Keltikangas-Järvinen, M Elovainio, J Vahtera, L Pulkki-Råback, L Taittonen, JSA Viikari, OT Raitakari

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Abstract

Studies have found an association between low socioeconomic position in childhood and high adult blood pressure. It is unclear whether this association is explained by a pathway directly linking disadvantage to elevated blood pressure in childhood and adolescence, which then tracks into adulthood. We assessed parental socioeconomic position and systolic blood pressure in 1807 children and adolescents ages 3 to 18 years at baseline. Adult systolic blood pressure was measured 21 years later at ages 24 to 39 years. There was strong tracking of blood pressure from childhood to adulthood. Lower parental socioeconomic position was associated with higher blood pressure in childhood, adolescence (P
Translated title of the contributionEarly socioeconomic position and blood pressure in childhood and adulthood: the cardiovascular risk in young Finns study
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39 - 44
Number of pages6
JournalHypertension
Volume47 (1)
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2006

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Publisher: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins

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