Hispanic women with five or more children are more likely to develop the heart condition ventricular diastolic dysfunction, compared to women who have fewer children. The findings were consistent as the number of children a woman had increased.
The new study, conducted by Wake Forest School of Medicine, found 85 percent of Hispanic women with more than 5 children had ventricular diastolic dysfunction. Sixty-one to 63 percent of women with 2 to 4 children had the heart condition, and it was also present in 51 percent of Hispanic women who had not given birth.
“Diastolic dysfunction is a sign of the heart stiffening — potentially leading to heart failure and chronic cardiac disease,” Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, who was not connected to the research, told HealthDay.
Women who have ventricular diastolic dysfunction experience an abnormal heart pumping cycle. According to the Texas Heart Institute, electrical signals in …