Clínic Barcelona

Assisted Reproductive Technologies are associated with an increased cardiovascular risk in childhood

Research conducted entirely in Barcelona has discovered that fetuses conceived by assisted reproduction (AR) present changes in their heart and arteries even before their birth. These changes are similar to those in children with diabetes and severe obesity representing a significant increase in cardiovascular risk in adulthood. The great importance of the study published in Circulation is the fact that it means an opportunity to reverse this situation from the beginning of life. The study was directed from Hospital Clínic - IDIBAPS of Barcelona by Drs. Eduard Gratacós and Juan Balasch, and its first authors are Drs. Brenda Valenzuela and Fátima Crispi.