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Study: Pregnant Women with Preeclampsia Likely to Develop Heart Disease

Study: Pregnant Women with Preeclampsia Likely to Develop Heart Disease

Research from Penn State University and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine suggests that women who had preeclampsia, or the development of high blood pressure during pregnancy, may develop cardiovascular disease (“CVD”) at an earlier age and with a greater likelihood than women who did not develop the condition during pregnancy. These factors make pregnant women with preeclampsia “as likely to develop CVD as someone who is a lifetime smoker,” notes lead researcher Anna E. Stanhewicz.

Initial research was conducted to determine whether blood vessels are permanently altered during a preeclamptic pregnancy. Results of the study showed that pregnant women with preeclampsia who were otherwise healthy (i.e. did not have any traditional CVD risk factors), had an approximately 20% reduction in the function of the inner lining of the blood vessels. “Knowing what contributes to this dysfunction gives us a better chance of applying the correct intervention strategies to prevent or slow the progression of CVD,” Stanhewicz concluded.

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