Women With Heart Disease Have Baby Girls
April 23, 2012 by Bryan Nash
Good news for single men: The number of women in the population will likely be rising in coming years.
The occurrence of heart disease continues to increase, and researchers have found an interesting by-product.
Women with heart disease are more likely to give birth to female babies.
A study presented Friday at the World Congress of Cardiology relayed some staggering statistics. The study was the first to examine the correlation between maternal heart disease and a baby’s gender.
The researchers examined 216 babies born to women with heart disease. Of the 216, 200 were female. The study suggests there is a 75 percent chance that a woman with heart disease will give birth to a baby girl.
“This is a very interesting observation,” said Kathryn Tauber, Ph.D., chief science officer of the World Heart Federation. “The chromosomes in a man’s sperm are responsible for the sex of a baby, but this study does suggest that there may be a relationship between the health status of the mother and the sex of the babies that she is able to carry to full-term. As the number of women with heart disease is increasing around the world, this could prove to be a very interesting area for further research.”