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Birth weight, adult blood pressure, and blood pressure reactions to acute psychological stress

Carroll, D. and Smith, George Davey and Phillips, Anna C. and Ring, Christopher and West, Patrick (2006) Birth weight, adult blood pressure, and blood pressure reactions to acute psychological stress. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 60 (2). pp. 144-145. ISSN 0143-005X

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URL of Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jech.2005.039305

Identification Number/DOI: doi:10.1136/jech.2005.039305

The fetal origins of disease hypothesis contends that an unfavourable intrauterine environment, as evidenced by low birth weight, increases vulnerability to chronic illness in adulthood.1 There is now reasonably consistent evidence of a negative association between birth weight and adult blood pressure.2 However, the mechanisms underlying this relation remain unclear. It has been suggested that individual differences in susceptibility to stress may play a part.3 One way of assessing this susceptibility is by measuring blood pressure reactions to an acute psychological stress task. There is evidence that large magnitude blood pressure reactions to such exposures predict increased resting blood pressure at subsequent follow up.4 Our analyses revisited the issue of birth weight and adult blood pressure and examined …

Type of Work:Article
Date:2006 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Schools (1998 to 2008) > School of Sport & Exercise Science
Department:School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Subjects:GV Recreation Leisure
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:British Medical Journal
ID Code:1182
Refereed:YES
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