Exposure to Parent’s Cigarette Smoke Increases Child’s Risk of Heart Disease

If one or both of your parents smoked when you were a child, you have an increased risk of plaque build up in your carotid artery. The buildup of arterial plaque is the cause of heart attacks, strokes and other types of heart disease.
When a child is exposed to second-hand smoke on a regular basis, like that of living in a home with a smoking parent or two, their risk doubles for developing carotid plaque over that of a child who did not have smoking parents.
The study regarding the health impact in adulthood to children who were raised by one or two smoking parents wasconducted by the American Heart Association. The study findings followed Finnish children from the early 1980s until the early 2000s to discern the effects parental cigarette smoking had on the children. Not all the study children came from homes where the parent(s) smoked, but the researchers could easily tell with a simple blood test. A person exposed to cigarette smoke has an increased level of cotinine in their blood.
Imaging Advantage healthy folks have learned that, after determining which adults grew up in a smoking household and which didn’t, further testing was done to determine the amount of plaque buildup in their carotid artery. Those who grew up with one or more smoking parents had the most plaque buildup and were at the greatest risk of developing heart disease due to the plaque buildup.