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Abuse in childhood increases risk of future heart disease

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eMediNexus    19 December 2017

Children and teens who are abused, witness violence, are bullied or face other adversities are more likely to develop heart and blood vessel diseases as adults, according to a new scientific statement by the American Heart Association published December 18, 2017 in the journal Circulation. This increased risk has been attributed to unhealthy responses to stress (such as overeating), mental health problems and disruptions in basic biologic processes.

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