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Vol 3, No 4 (1999)
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Published online: 2000-03-09
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The Relationships between Birthweight and Arterial Blood Pressure

Grzegorz Styczyński, Piotr Abramczyk, Cezary Szmigielski, Zbigniew Gaciong
Nadciśnienie tętnicze 1999;3(4):216-219.

open access

Vol 3, No 4 (1999)
Artykuły redakcyjne
Published online: 2000-03-09

Abstract

Low birthweight has been associated with increased prevalence of essential hypertension in adulthood. Numerous hypotheses tried to explain this association pointing into insulin resistance, activation of adrenergic system, disturbances of renal and adrenal function as potential mechanisms. Elastin - a major component which determines arterial wall elastic properties, is synthesized mostly during intrauterine period, and low birthweight may be associated with diminished compliance of arteries leading to increased blood pressure. We have investigated the relationship between birthweight and elastic properties of large arteries in 119 normotensive, healthy volunteers aged 19-23. However, in our data there seems to be no relationship between birthweight and elasticity of large arteries in adulthood.

Abstract

Low birthweight has been associated with increased prevalence of essential hypertension in adulthood. Numerous hypotheses tried to explain this association pointing into insulin resistance, activation of adrenergic system, disturbances of renal and adrenal function as potential mechanisms. Elastin - a major component which determines arterial wall elastic properties, is synthesized mostly during intrauterine period, and low birthweight may be associated with diminished compliance of arteries leading to increased blood pressure. We have investigated the relationship between birthweight and elastic properties of large arteries in 119 normotensive, healthy volunteers aged 19-23. However, in our data there seems to be no relationship between birthweight and elasticity of large arteries in adulthood.
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Keywords

birthweight; essential arterial hypertension; arterial compliance

About this article
Title

The Relationships between Birthweight and Arterial Blood Pressure

Journal

Arterial Hypertension

Issue

Vol 3, No 4 (1999)

Pages

216-219

Published online

2000-03-09

Bibliographic record

Nadciśnienie tętnicze 1999;3(4):216-219.

Keywords

birthweight
essential arterial hypertension
arterial compliance

Authors

Grzegorz Styczyński
Piotr Abramczyk
Cezary Szmigielski
Zbigniew Gaciong

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