News in Maternal Health

By asking women's pregnancy history, Doctors may be able to save lives, prevent heart disease

A groundbreaking, 50-year study has just been released determining that certain pregnancy complications are associated with an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, the number one killer of women in America. The study found that cardiovascular disease death risk increased:

  • 7.1 times when a woman had pre-existing high blood pressure (diagnosed up to 20 weeks of pregnancy) and a pre-term delivery
  • 5.6 times when a woman had pre-existing high blood pressure and pre-eclampsia
  • 4.8 times when a woman had pre-existing high blood pressure and small-for-gestational-age delivery

This study will allow doctors to conduct low-cost interventions by paying close attention to women's medical histories and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease in women nationwide.

To read the press release and manuscript, click here: Pregnancy Events Reveal Cardiovascular Risk (PHI)