CVD risk additive with premature birth and smoking

WOMEN who smoke and give birth before 37 weeks of gestation more than triple their risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), an Australian study has found.

While it has been established that either smoking or delivering preterm can increase a woman’s risk of CVD, this is the first study to look at the  risk of the two factors together, according to Dr Anh Ngo, lead author and research fellow at the University of Sydney and Royal North Shore Hospital.

The study includes 902,000 women who delivered babies between 1994 and 2011 in NSW. It looks