Risk of smoking for the cardiovascular diseases starts even before the birth

Authors: D. Hrubá 1;  J. Fiala 1;  V. Soška 2;  K. Nebeská 1
Authors‘ workplace: Ústav preventivního lékařství LF MU, Brno, přednostka prof. MUDr. Z. Derflerová Brázdová, DrSc. 1;  Oddělení klinické biochemie FN u sv. Anny, Brno, přednosta doc. MUDr. V. Soška, CSc. 2
Published in: Ceska Gynekol 2009; 74(5): 365-368


Many proofs have confirmed that prenatal exposure to cigarette smoke is the important risk for the development of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) in later life. Such exposure influences on many CVD’ determinants: obesity and adiposity, disturbances in glucose and blood lipids metabolism, hypertension, hypokinesis, blood vessel structure and heart reactivity. Expectant mothers have high moral motivation for the changes of their life style. They can substantially protect their babies’ healthy development against risk factors if they will know and fully understand them. Our system of prenatal cure offers repeated and essential chance for active participations of physicians and midwifes in teaching both active and passive smoking pregnant women about risks of smoking and in motivation and consulting for smoking cessation.

Key words:
smoking, prenatal exposure, cardiovascular diseases.


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