A new study by researchers at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and colleagues in Brazil and Canada finds that older women from multiple countries who reported adolescent childbirth had greater cardiovascular disease risk.
What is new? To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study to demonstrate in postmenopausal women from multiple global settings that adolescent childbirth is related to greater overall cardiovascular risk, as measured by the Framingham Risk Score, compared to women who gave birth at later ages, as well as compared to nulliparous women.
What are the clinical implications? Adolescent childbirth may serve as a cardiovascular disease risk marker; women who were adolescent mothers may benefit from earlier and increased cardiovascular screening to reduce the incidence of cardiovascular events.
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