Famine in childhood and postmenopausal coronary artery calcification: A cohort study

Nikmah Salamia Idris, Cuno S.P.M. Uiterwaal, Yvonne T. Van Der Schouw, Annet F.M. Van Abeelen, Tessa J. Roseboom, Pim A. De Jong, Annemarieke Rutten, Diederick E. Grobbee, Sjoerd G. Elias

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Abstract

Objective: To assess the effects of famine exposure during childhood on coronary calcium deposition and, secondarily, on cardiac valve and aortic calcifications. Design: Retrospective cohort. Setting: Community. Patients: 286 postmenopausal women with individual measurements of famine exposure during childhood in the Netherlands during World War II. Intervention/exposure: Famine exposure during childhood. Main outcome measures: Coronary artery calcifications measured by CT scan and scored using the Agatston method; calcifications of the aorta and cardiac valves (mitral and/or aortic) measured semiquantitatively. Logistic regression was used for coronary Agatston score of >100 or ≤100, valve or aortic calcifications as the dependent variable and an indicator for famine exposure as the independent variable. These models were also used for confounder adjustment and stratification based on age groups of 0-9 and 10-17 years. Results: In the overall analysis, no statistically significant association was found between severe famine exposure in childhood and a high coronary calcium score (OR 1.80, 95% CI 0.87 to 3.78). However, when looking at specific risk periods, severe famine exposure during adolescence was related to a higher risk for a high coronary calcium score than non-exposure to famine, both in crude (OR 3.47, 95% CI 1.00 to 12.07) and adjusted analyses (OR 4.62, 95% CI 1.16 to 18.43). No statistically significant association was found between childhood famine exposure and valve or aortic calcification (OR 1.66, 95% CI 0.69 to 4.10). Conclusions: Famine exposure in childhood, especially during adolescence, seems to be associated with a higher risk of coronary artery calcification in late adulthood. However, the association between childhood famine exposure and cardiac valve/aortic calcification is less clear.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere003818
JournalBMJ open
Volume3
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Dec 2013

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