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Mothers with more children face higher heart attack risk

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Scientists have said a woman with more children has a greater risk of heart attack, stroke and heart failure.

This was part of the findings of a new study of over 8,000 white and African-American women in the United States, aged between 45 and 64.

The study was one of the issues to be presented at the British Cardiovascular Society Conference taking place in Manchester, England, from Monday, June 4 to Wednesday, June 6.

Citing a study from the University of Cambridge, London Daily Telegraph reported that having five or more kids was associated with a 40 per cent increased risk of a serious heart disease in the next 30 years, compared with having one or two children.
Cardiovascular disease includes coronary artery diseases (CAD) such as angina and myocardial infarction (commonly known as heart attack).

Researchers found that for mothers with more children, the risk of stroke was 25 per cent higher and the chance of heart failure was 17 per cent higher than women with fewer kids.

The lead researcher, Dr. Clare Oliver-Williams said: “We all know it is hard to take care of your health when you have children, but hopefully, this research can help show how important it is.”

The study was funded by the British Heart Foundation while the study examined data from over 8,000 white and African-American women.

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