Relation between birth weight and blood pressure is independent of maternal blood pressure

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7159.680 (Published 05 September 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:680
  1. Stephanie J C Taylor, Honorary research fellow.,
  2. Katherine Hird, Clinical research fellow,
  3. Peter Whincup, Reader in clinical epidemiology,
  4. Derek Cook, Reader in epidemiology.
  1. Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, London NW3 2PF
  2. Department of Public Health Sciences, St George's Hospital Medical School, London SW17 0RE

    EDITOR—Walker et al conclude that the now well established inverse association between birth weight and blood pressure may in part be explained by hereditary factors.1 They suggest that low birth weight is a feature of an inherited predisposition to hypertension, perhaps because it is associated with higher maternal blood pressure during pregnancy.

    We have examined the influence of maternal blood pressure during pregnancy on the association between birth …

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