Special Issue "Clinical Research into the Cardiovascular Health of People Born Preterm"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2021).
Interests: developmental biology; pregnancy complications; cardiovascular prevention; systems physiology; medical imaging
Preterm birth affects around 10% of births worldwide, with overall neonatal survival rates >90% due to advances in perinatal clinical care over recent decades. As a result, a new generation of preterm-born survivors is now reaching adulthood, including those born at less than 25 weeks’ gestation. In addition to numerous acute complications, epidemiological studies have identified preterm birth as an independent risk factor for cardiovascular diseases across gestational age categories, including hypertension, early heart failure, and ischaemic heart disease. Clinical research studies have revealed that preterm birth associates with changes in the vasculature, pulmonary system, and morphology and function of the heart, which may put them at increased risk of long-term cardiovascular disease development. Many of these alterations are observed as early as infancy and continue to be seen into adulthood. While the underlying pathophysiological mechanisms remain unclear, there are a number of factors to consider, including altered angiogenesis, disruptions to the renin–angiotensin system, and reduced cardiac and vascular endowment.
In this Special Issue of the Journal of Clinical Medicine, the aim is to bring together some of the latest cardiovascular research in the field, building on previous findings in people born preterm. Submitted articles can investigate either the short-term (neonates and infants) or the long-term (children, adolescents and adults) cardiovascular health of preterm-born individuals, or both if applicable.
I look forward to receiving your submission.
Dr. Adam J. Lewandowski
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- preterm birth
- cardiovascular disease
- cardiovascular risk
- vascular stiffness
- pulmonary hypertension