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Four or more kids could be bad for mum's heart: Study

Published on Mar 28, 2014 8:18 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Having four or more children could be bad for a mother's heart, a US study suggested on Friday.

Plaque buildup, an early sign of heart disease, was far more common in women who had given birth to four or more children than in those who had two or three, according to the research presented at the American College of Cardiology conference.

The survey did not say why this may be happening, and researchers did not consider whether stress could be a factor in the poorer health of these mothers.

However, researchers said the findings could help screening efforts and intervention strategies for women who have multiple children and who may not be aware that they face higher heart risks.

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