The relationship between famine exposure in early life and ascending aorta dilatation in adulthood

Yu-qing HUANGYing-qing FENG


BackgroundThe relationship between malnutrition and ascending aorta dilatation (AAD) is still unclear. Therefore, the aim of this study was to examine the association of exposure to the Chinese famine during early life with AAD in adulthood.MethodsWe investigated data of 2598 adults born between 1952 and 1964 from Guangdong, China. All enrolled subjects were divided into five groups: no exposed, fetal exposed, early, mid and late childhood exposed. AAD was assessed by cardiac ultrasound. Multivariate logistic regression and interaction tests were used to estimate the odds ratio (OR) and confidence interval (CI) between famine exposure and AAD.ResultsThere were 2598 (943 male, mean age 59.1 ± 3.65 years) participants were enrolled, among them consist of 270 (10.4%) subjects with AAD. Compared with no exposed group, the adjusted ORs for AAD widening from fetal-exposed, early, mid to late childhood exposed were 1.374 (95% CI: 0.794, 2.364, P = 0.251), 1.976 (95% CI: 1.243, 3.181, P = 0.004), 1.929 (95% CI: 1.237, 3.058, P = 0.004) and 2.227 (95% CI: 1.433, 3.524, P < 0.001), respectively. Stratified analysis showed that the effect of famine exposure on AAD was more pronounced in female, smokers, BMI ≥ 24 kg/m2 and hypertensive ...Continue Reading

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