Scientists from the University of Bristol found that children born with the help of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) do not have abnormalities in the development of the cardiovascular system. The study is published in the European Heart Journal .
The study, conducted by an international team of scientists, examined data from 35,000 children from Europe, Singapore and Australia . Scientists compared biomarkers of cardiometabolic health in children born through reproductive technology and conceived naturally. Data on blood pressure, pulse rate, lipid and blood sugar levels in children were collected from childhood to 20 years of age.
The team found that those who were conceived through ART had slightly higher cholesterol levels in childhood, but no difference was observed in adulthood. In general, children born through ART had the same risk of cardiovascular disease as those born naturally. In adulthood, the blood pressure of children conceived with the help of ART was slightly higher, but did not pose a danger.