by Bidita Debnath on  August 19, 2017 at 7:43 PM Women Health News
 Hypertension During Pregnancy Increases Heart Disease Risk
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is defined as blood pressure higher than 140/90 mm Hg. The condition is a serious concern for some pregnant women. It can sometimes cause severe health complications for both mother and developing baby.

Women who experience hypertension during pregnancy face an increased risk of heart disease and hypertension later in life, reveals a new study. Researchers from McGill University in Montreal, Canada analysed 1,46,748 women with a first pregnancy. The results suggested that after a follow-up of approximately four-and-a-half years, 997 women were diagnosed with cardiovascular disease and 6,812 women developed hypertension.

When they were compared with women without hypertension during pregnancy, those with hypertension during pregnancy had a 2.2-times higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease and a 5.6-times higher risk of developing hypertension after pregnancy.

Subsequent pregnancies did not appear to influence these associations. Lead author Sonia Grandi said that the study highlights the need for long-term follow-up of women with a history of hypertension during pregnancy to provide early management of risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Source: ANI

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