Childhood trauma raises risk of heart disease

9:45am, October 27, 2004

A childhood filled with psychological or physical hardships contributes to a person's risk of developing heart disease as an adult, new research suggests.

Researchers at three medical institutions in Atlanta and San Diego looked into the medical records of 17,337 adults to identify risk factors and symptoms of heart disease, including heart attacks. The researchers also surveyed the study participants to assess which of them, as children, had witnessed domestic violence, experienced mental or physical abuse or neglect, or lived with someone who went to prison, abused drugs or alcohol, or was mentally ill.

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