A rocky childhood could be bad for your heart

Childhood trauma may raise the risk of cardiovascular disease, but making lifestyle changes can help you stay healthy.

Published: May, 2021

Traumatic childhood experiences may have a lasting effect on your heart health.

A review published online Dec. 2, 2020, by JAMA Cardiology found that adults who had multiple adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) — like being neglected; suffering physical, sexual, or emotional abuse; or witnessing violence at home — had double the risk of cardiovascular disease and an early death compared with people who didn't face any ACEs at all.

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