Association of Parenthood With Incident Heart Disease in United States' Older Men and Women: A Longitudinal Analysis of Health and Retirement Study Data.

TitleAssociation of Parenthood With Incident Heart Disease in United States' Older Men and Women: A Longitudinal Analysis of Health and Retirement Study Data.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsHipp, SL, Wu, YYan, Rosendaal, NTA, Pirkle, CM
JournalJ Aging Health
Pagination898264319831512
Date Published2019 Mar 10
Type of ArticleJournal
ISSN Number1552-6887
Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To examine the association of number of children birthed/fathered with incident heart disease, accounting for socioeconomic and lifestyle characteristics.

METHODS: We analyzed data from 24,923 adults 50 and older (55% women) in the Health and Retirement Study. Participants self-reported number of children and doctor-diagnosed incident heart disease. Cox proportional hazards models estimated heart disease risk.

RESULTS: Compared to women with one to two children, those with five or more had increased risk of heart disease (hazard ratio [HR] = 1.13, 95% confidence interval [CI] = [1.03, 1.25]). Compared to men with one to two children, those with five or more had a marginally increased risk of heart disease (HR = 1.11, 95% CI = [0.99, 1.25]), but this association attenuated in models adjusting for socioeconomic and lifestyle variables. Compared to men with no children, those with five or more retained a borderline significant association in the fully adjusted model (HR = 1.15, 95% CI = [0.99, 1.35]).

DISCUSSION: Social and lifestyle pathways appear to link parenthood to cardiovascular health.

URLhttps://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0898264319831512?rfr_dat=cr_pub%3Dpubmed&url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori%3Arid%3Acrossref.org&journalCode=jaha#articleCitationDownloadContainer
DOI10.1177/0898264319831512
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Alternate JournalJ Aging Health
Citation Key10065
PubMed ID30854914