Stable childhood may lead to healthy adult heart

January 13, 2015 10:01 PM

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In a long-term study of more than 1,000 men and women, those who had a higher socioeconomic status, positive emotional factors, better parental health behaviors, fewer stressful events and better social adjustment from age three to 18 had more ‘ideal cardiovascular heath’ 27 years later, well into adulthood.

The idea that psychosocial factors are associated with health outcomes isn’t new. But this study shows that such factors can predict heart health even decades later. It also shows that multiple factors add together to influence heart health, and that a child’s impulse control and ability to get alon...

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