Fetal Origins of Hypertension

  • Yuichiro ArimaEmail author
  • Koichi Nishiyama
  • Yasuhiro Izumiya
  • Koichi Kaikita
  • Seiji Hokimoto
  • Kenichi Tsujita
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 1012)


Hypertension is a common noncommunicable disease. According to the World Health Organization, 1.13 billion people were suffering from hypertension in the year 2015. High blood pressure, hypertension, has a multifactorial etiology. Arterial atherosclerotic changes, systolic or diastolic dysfunction of the heart, and other noncardiac factors are involved. Epidemiological evidence has revealed that perinatal growth disturbance elevates the prevalence of hypertension. However, the specific effects of developmental disturbances on the pathological process of hypertension are poorly understood. Recently, it has become apparent that the perinatal period plays many essential roles in cardiovascular development. In this chapter, we focus on the perinatal development of the cardiovascular system, especially in murine models. Individual organs, blood, blood vessels, and the heart show unique growth characteristics during this period. We also introduce evidence from related clinical studies regarding the developmental origins of hypertension. Finally, evidence from several animal models is presented to reveal the effects of developmental disturbance or stress on arterial pathology. Improving our understanding of both developmental events and the results of clinical studies will give fresh insight into the fetal origins of hypertension.


Hypertension Cardiovascular Development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuichiro Arima
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Koichi Nishiyama
    • 2
  • Yasuhiro Izumiya
    • 1
  • Koichi Kaikita
    • 1
  • Seiji Hokimoto
    • 1
  • Kenichi Tsujita
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Cardiovascular MedicineKumamoto UniversityKumamotoJapan
  2. 2.International Research Center for Medical ScienceKumamoto UniversityKumamotoJapan

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