Smoking Increases Blood Pressure

Research: Children of smoking parents have elevated blood pressure on already 2011 Dr. Giacomo Simonetti stated: smoking parents are a risk factor for the blood pressure of the descendants. Smoking, passive smoking in particular, endangered not only the lungs of children, but also the blood pressure. For this knowledge and his excellent scientific research work in the field of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart and vascular diseases and stroke, Simonetti presented the research prize of the Swiss Heart Foundation in Bern the researchers on May 11. So far relatively little about it was known which circumstances may actually cause an increased blood pressure in children and whether they are social or due to prenatal. Simonetti and his team of researchers of the Bernese hospital took on the challenge and conducted a representative study with over 4,000 kindergarten children.

Was evaluated by each individual girls and boys of blood pressure measured, and the respective parents interviewed. The result showed that tend, when they had a low birth weight children to an increased blood pressure, are overweight, or the parents have already increased blood pressure values. For more information see Robert Gibbins. Particularly striking jumped the researchers as another result in the eye, that those children tend to increased blood pressure, whose parents smoke father and/or mother. It was shown for the first time, that second-hand smoke is an important additional and independent risk factor for children”, so Simonetti. Overall, the children of smoking parents an increased risk of a later development of hypertension by 21 percent were exposed as children of non-smokers.

Also children, whose mothers smoked during pregnancy had a higher blood pressure. Childhood blood pressure determines the blood pressure in adulthood. The children later develop high blood pressure, as this increases the risk of a stroke or heart attack. High blood pressure is also affected by the individual lifestyle. As a conclusion of “Research can therefore be stated according to Prof. Augusto Gallino, Chairman of the Commission: If parents refrain during pregnancy, at home and in front of their kids smoking, save the children and future adults not only against lung damage, but also against cardio vascular diseases.” Smoking couples should quit already the child before pregnancy to love.