Children receiving growth hormone therapy (GHT) could find themselves in a situation of increased risk of stroke in adulthood.
A new study from the University of Paris Descartes reveals that, although the risk is still low, this should still be highlighted in light of the fact that GHT is also used by some for body building and to improve athletic performance, reports Reuters.
Researchers analyzed data on 6,874 children who received the drug and continued until 17 years later. It showed 11 had suffered a stroke and while this may seem low, which was 7.5 times more than those who had not had GHT.
While Dr. Amelie Poidvin and his team do not know why the likelihood of stroke, who believe that the drug causes changes in the arteries and how well they work increases.
The full results of this research can be seen in the journal Neurology.
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