Teen Girls Who Smoke are at Higher Risk for Heart Disease


A new research by The University of Western Australia found that teen girls who smoke cigarettes or take oral contraceptives are at higher risks for heart disease than teen boys who smoke.

The results of the research were published in the Journal of Lipid Research. Scientists found that higher levels of C-reactive protein, which is connected to cardiovascular disease, are detected in teenage girls who smoked and were not using oral contraceptives, in comparison to teenage girls who smoked and were taking oral contraceptives, and teenage boys who smoked.

The author of the research is Dr Chi Le-Ha, and he works at UWA’s School Medicine and Pharmacology and at Royal Perth Hospital. He told that there were conducted a survey in which participated 1000 teenagers and there were used the Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort Study, a Perth-based longitudinal cohort of children born in Western Australia between 1989 and 1992.

The results of the present study do reveal the importance of C-reactive protein in cardiovascular disease risk prediction in females.

C-reactive protein levelsĀ  and smoking track from childhood to adulthood, and the results of the research do help to understand why cardiovascular disease risk caused by smoking is higher in women than in men.

The Chi Le-Ha crew already made previosly a research in 2013 where they found that teenage girls exposed to secondhand smoke faced a greater risk of heart disease than teenage boys. The study was published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

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