July 2021

Being born with a low weight causes changes in the body that are maintained as adults.

On July 23rd we presented at a press conference the article led by Dr. Eduard Gratacós and Dr. Fátima Crispi that demonstrates that being born with low birth weight is related to differences in the structure of the heart that persist into adulthood and limit the ability to perform physical activities.

The study has also involved, among others, researchers from the Institut Clínic Cardiovascular, the Institut Clínic Respiratori, the IDIBAPS Cardiac imaging and Translational computation in cardiology research groups and researchers from the Universitat de Barcelona, the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, and Philips Research France. The project has also received support from the Fundación La Caixa, the Instituto de Salud Carlos III, the European Commission, CEREBRA, CIBERER, and AGAUR.

Original article:

Exercise Capacity in Young Adults Born Small for Gestational Age.
Fàtima Crispi, MD, Mérida Rodríguez-López, Gabriel Bernardino, Álvaro Sepúlveda-Martínez, Susanna Prat-González, Carolina Pajuelo, Rosario J. Perea, Maria T. Caralt, Giulia Casu, Kilian Vellvé, Francesca Crovetto, Felip Burgos, Mathieu De Craene, Constantine Butakoff, Miguel Á. González Ballester, Isabel Blanco, Marta Sitges, Bart Bijnens, Eduard Gratacós. JAMA Cardiol. Published online July 21, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2021.2537