Archive - Sep 20, 2012

Archive - Sep 20, 2012

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Thin Placenta Might Be Linked to Sudden Cardiac Arrest Later in Life

 

Reduced nutrients, impaired development of fetus may raise risk in adulthood, study suggests.

Being born to a mother with a thin placenta -- the organ that nourishes the fetus -- may increase the chances of developing sudden cardiac death as an adult, new research suggests.

"People [born to mothers] with the thinnest placentas were twice as likely to have sudden cardiac death," said study author Dr. David Barker, a professor of cardiovascular medicine at Oregon Health & Science University.

The report is published online Sept. 19 in the International Journal of Epidemiology.

Up to 5 million people a year worldwide die of sudden cardiac death, according to study background information.

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