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Premature babies at higher risk of heart failure

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  24 May 2017 12:00 AM GMT

London, May 23: Babies born prematurely run a higher risk of heart failure during childhood and adolescence than those born at full term, says a study. “We found that the risk of heart failure was higher for individuals born preterm, and inversely correlated with duration of pregncy, in that the earlier you’re born, the greater the risk,” said study lead author Han Carr, doctoral student at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. The registry-based study, published in The Jourl of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), involved 2.6 million individuals born between 1987 and 2012. The study showed that children born before the 28th week are 17 times more likely to suffer heart failure than those born at full term. Individuals born a little later — in weeks 28 to 31 — ran just over three times the risk. This correlation held when children with birth defects were excluded from the alysis and other possible determints, such as birth weight, socioeconomic situation and parental heart conditions, were controlled for. (IANS)

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