Journal article

Childhood Socioeconomic Status and Arterial Stiffness in Adulthood The Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study

Elina Puolakka, Katja Pahkala, Tomi T Laitinen, Costan G Magnussen, Nina Hutri-Kahaonen, Mika Kahonen, Terho Lehtimaki, Paivi Tossavainen, Eero Jokinen, Matthew A Sabin, Tomi Laitinen, Marko Elovainio, Laura Pulkki-Raback, Jorma SA Viikari, Olli T Raitakari, Markus Juonala



Increasing evidence supports the importance of socioeconomic factors in the development of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. However, the association of childhood socioeconomic status (SES) with arterial stiffness in adulthood has not been reported. Our aim was to determine whether higher childhood family-level SES is associated with lower arterial stiffness in adulthood. The analyses were performed using data gathered within the longitudinal Young Finns Study. The sample comprised 2566 participants who had data concerning family SES at ages 3 to 18 years in 1980 and arterial pulse wave velocity and carotid artery distensibility measured 21 or 27 years later in adulthood. Higher family..

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Awarded by Academy of Finland

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Project

Awarded by National Heart Foundation of Australia Future Leader Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Academy of Finland (grants 126925, 121584, 124282, 129378, 11779, 265977, and 41071); the Social Insurance Institution of Finland; the Turku University Foundation; Paulo Foundation; Paavo Nurmi Foundation; Juho Vainio Foundation (L. Pulkki-Raback); Signe and Ane Gyllenberg Foundation (L. Pulkki-Raback); Sigrid Juselius Foundation; Maud Kuistila Foundation; research funds from the Kuopio, Turku, and Tampere University Hospitals; the Finnish Foundation of Cardiovascular Research; the Finnish Medical Foundation; Tampere Tuberculosis Foundation; Emil Aaltonen Foundation; Yrjo Jahnsson Foundation; the Finnish Cultural Foundation; the National Health and Medical Research Council Project (grant APP1098369); and the National Heart Foundation of Australia Future Leader Fellowship (grant 100849 to C.G. Magnussen).