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Inherited predisposition to hypertension confounds the effect of low birthweight

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 03 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:943
  1. Brian R Walker, British Heart Foundation senior research fellow. (,
  2. Graham CM Watt, Professor.
  1. University of Edinburgh, Department of Medicine, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh EH4 2XU
  2. University of Glasgow, Department of General Practice, Woodside Health Centre, Glasgow G20 7LR

    EDITOR—Our study showed that the relation between lower birthweight and subsequent higher blood pressure in adulthood may be confounded by parental blood pressure.1Mothers with higher blood pressure between 9 and 19 years after delivery had babies with lower birthweight who subsequently had higher blood pressure as adults.

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