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Obese Kids’ Artery Plaque Similar to Middle-Aged Adults

by The Kid's Doctor Staff

Scientists using ultrasound technology detected fatty deposits more typical of middle-aged adults than in children as young as 10. These results, part of a study presented at the American Heart Association’s scientific meeting underscores worries about accelerated risks of heart disease decades earlier than once thought possible.

“There’s a saying that you’re as old as your arteries,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Geetha Raghuveer, associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine. “These kids are showing up with arteries that show middle-aged conditions.”

The findings showed that more than half of the children enrolled in the study had a “vascular age” about 30 years older than their actual age, which was 10 to 18 years old.

More Information: American Heart Association

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