Children with a history of childhood mistreatment, poverty or family dysfunction may have poor blood pressure regulation. Blood pressure variability has been linked to numerous problems in adults including increased risk of stroke, poor post-stroke recovery and decreased brain function in the elderly.
AHA Meeting Report Presentation: 307 Session : EP.AOS.760
Previous research has found an association between adverse childhood experiences and a more rapid increase of blood pressure in adulthood. Further, early-onset hypertension and prehypertension have been linked to preclinical heart disease such as increased arterial stiffness and left ventricular hypertrophy.