you have a new reason to quit smoking, if it has not yet done so. A study published today in "Journal of the American College of Cardiology" states that the children of parents who smoke are more likely to develop a type of arrhythmia is common, atrial fibrillation, and when they are older.
smoking remains one of the major modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease. And it is known that smoking is a risk factor for atrial fibrillation, 7% of all the fibrillations headphones can be attributed to smoking.
as of the data of the Study Framingham, the researchers analyzed 5.124 participants under the age of 18 years from 1971 to 2014. The parents were evaluated by a physician every two to four years, and the children were weighed every four or eight years.
A total of 2.816 (55%) of the children had available data on tobacco use from their parents. 82% were exposed to tobacco smoke. The parents smoked an average of 10 cigarettes per day on average.The smoking remains one of the major modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease
The results mostraro that ,14.3% of the participants developed atrial fibrillation during a follow-up period of 40.5 years. For each package the day more consumed by the parents, the children had an increase of 18% of atrial fibrillation.
"Our observations provide a new reason to quit smoking by showing that the damage may be associated not only to others, but also to the close members and most vulnerable of the family," warns Gregory M. Marcus, of the University of California. Due to the increasing prevalence of atrial fibrillation, "it is essential to tackle the modifiable risk factors, such as smoking, to reduce the global burden of disease", he adds.Our observations provide a new reason to quit smoking by showing that the damage may be associated not only to others, but also to the close members and most vulnerable of the family
in Addition, the report also shows that 17% of children of parents who smoke were more likely to be smokers , which suggests another way in which parental smoking might predispose children to long-term atrial fibrillation.
In an editorial, Alanna M. Chamberlain, of the Mayo Clinic (USA) asserts that "although part of the relationship between parental smoking and offspring atrial fibrillation is explained by the habit of smoking of the children, the results of this study indicate that exposure to second-hand smoke in childhood is a risk factor for the future development of the pathology".Updated Date: 24 September 2019, 05:01