Smoking during pregnancy can harm child's blood vessels

11/20/2008 | Reuters

A study of Dutch adults born from 1970 to 1973 found those whose mothers smoked during pregnancy were more likely to have permanent blood vessel damage, raising the risk of heart attack and stroke. Children of fathers who smoked during gestation, but whose mothers did not, also were more likely to have thicker carotid arteries. The association was strongest when both parents smoked during pregnancy.

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