Contrarily to common belief, children are vulnerable to cardiovascular disease (CVD) and the risk of CVD can begin early in life: it can start before birth during foetal development, and increase further during childhood with exposure to unhealthy diets, lack of exercise and smoking.
It is never too early to start looking after your heart and as a parent, you can start taking care of the hearts of your children now. Making even just a few changes can help to reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke: encourage healthy eating and physical activity, and ban tobacco use. Here are a few ideas to help you make a start:
Find some more information and ideas on our page Facts and tips for your heart, and learn more about CVD in children with our scientific fact sheets.
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