Prenatal and Childhood Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance (PFAS) Exposures and Blood Pressure Trajectories From Birth to Late Adolescence in a Prospective US Prebirth Cohort

By Mingyu Zhang, Izzuddin M Aris, Pi-I Debby Lin, Sheryl L Rifas-Shiman, Tammy M Brady, Tamarra James-Todd, Emily Oken, and Marie-France Hivert
J Am Heart Assoc
August 29, 2023
DOI: 10.1161/JAHA.123.030760

Background Evidence is limited regarding the associations of prenatal and childhood per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) exposures with blood pressure (BP) trajectories in children. Methods and Results Participants are from Project Viva, a prospective prebirth cohort in eastern Massachusetts. We measured PFAS in early-pregnancy maternal (median, 9.6 weeks) and midchildhood (median, 7.7 years) plasma samples. We conducted standardized BP measurements at 6 research visits: birth, infancy (median, 6.3 months), early childhood (median, 3.2 years), midchildhood (median, 7.7 years), early adolescence (median, 12.9 years), and late adolescence (median, 17.5 years). We used linear regression to examine associations of individual PFASs with BP at each visit, linear spline mixed-effects regression to model BP trajectories, and a mixture approach to estimate PFAS exposure burden. We included 9036 BP measures from 1506 participants. We observed associations between particular individual prenatal PFASs and child BP at specific time points, for example, prenatal 2-(N-ethyl-perfluorooctane sulfonamido) acetate (EtFOSAA) and 2-(N-methyl-perfluorooctane sulfonamido) acetate (MeFOSAA) with higher systolic BP at birth; prenatal perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and EtFOSAA with lower diastolic BP in infancy; and prenatal PFOS, perfluorooctanoate (PFOA), and EtFOSAA with higher systolic BP at midchildhood. No prenatal or childhood PFAS was consistently associated with BP across all visits. Diastolic BP trajectories from 0 to 20 years differed slightly by prenatal PFOA, perfluorohexane sulfonate (PFHxS), and perfluorononanoate (PFNA) ( values 0.01-0.09). Diastolic BP trajectories from 6 to 20 years differed slightly by midchildhood PFHxS and MeFOSAA (-values 0.03-0.08). Prenatal or childhood PFAS mixture burden scores were not associated with BP. Conclusions We found associations of prenatal and childhood PFAS exposures with BP at specific time points between birth and late adolescence but no consistent associations across all time points or PFAS types.

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