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Tuesday, September 30, 2003


World Heart Day

World Heart Day was celebrated last Sunday. The DPM and our MOH were seen doing their warm up exercises in Putrajaya before taking part in the Walk A Mile campaign.

Wonder who that little child is? Starting young? Goodie!

This prompted me to go in search of articles on heart diseases, my way of celebrating World Heart Day. Came across a few articles. Those interested can go to the links at the end of this blog.
In summary what these articles have to say are ::
-- Pregnant women with a family history of early heart disease are more likely than women lacking this history to deliver a low birth weight baby; these ladies have a 37% increase of low birth weight babies; genetic factors suspected,
-- It's known that babies who are born smaller than average tend to develop heart problems later in life. Why? Low- birthweight babies are less likely to carry a copy of a particular gene -- known as APOE2 -- that protects against heart disease,
-- Rapid weight gain or "catch-up growth"during ages 1 to 5 years, in children who were low birth weight babies may result in them having increased risks of developing high blood pressure in adulthood. Many epidemiological studies have shown that those who are small at birth tend to have higher blood pressure later in adult life.
-- If either one of your parents had coronary heart disease before age 60, the walls of your neck arteries are more likely to be thicker, putting you at higher risk of heart disease.

In conclusion, if either one of your parents has had heart disease before age 60 years, or your mum has a family member with early heart disease, or you are of low birth weight and especially if you also had "catch-up growth", you have a higher chance of getting heart disease than those without these factors. If you have a combination of these factors then your risks go higher, so if you fall into these groups, take early measures to look after your HEART; go Walk A Mile or at least a kilo, two or three times a week!

Those who want to know more, check out the links below ::

--Family history of heart disease tied to birth weight
--Gene clue found for small babies later heart risk
--Small babies who gain weight too fast have higher BP as adults
--Early heart disease in parents linked to thicker artery walls in offspring



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