A study has showed once again how injurious second hand smoke can be, seeing that heart disease has been linked to prenatal smoking.
Mothers who smoke while being pregnant, as well as those with new born babies, expose their children to an elevated degree of atrial fibrillation. This particular heart condition tends to develop later in life, rather than during childhood. Its manifestations include irregular heartbeat, as the top and bottom cavities of the heart cannot synchronize very well anymore.
The general idea is that it is downright scary to see how cigarettes smoked while pregnant or around the newborn baby can harm him all the way to his sixties. This was the conclusion reached by Doctor Gregory Marcus, the lead doctor in this study. He has honestly admitted that he and his team did not find a direct link between prenatal smoking and heart disease and that, of course, they need to undergo further studying. But they were able to put together significant statistics.
This means that, out of the several subject people that have been medically followed, a significantly larger number of people that were exposed to prenatal smoking have developed the mentioned heart condition, as opposed to the ones who experienced a healthy, free smoke time in the womb.
5000 participants agreed to be part of an online survey, in which they answered questions about the time they were exposed to second-hand smoking during their early years. The questions also regarded the participants’ heart disease history, both their own and in their families.
Out of these 5000, 12 percent admitted to having been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. Also, apart from that, those participants whose mothers had smoked while being pregnant with them or while they were toddlers, were 40 percent more prone to actually get the named disease rather than their fellow participants who had had a cigarette smoke free childhood.
There is one reason why the research is very important and should definitely be continued in the following years, as the doctors intend. It has clearly proven that smoking while pregnant does not have only immediate side effects, that affect the unborn child. It also produces side effects that affect the child while he grows, right up to maturity.
The study was conducted at the UCSF Medical Center in California and it was led by Doctor Gregory Marcus.
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