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Pregnant women with high blood pressure

This study caught my eye as I had high blood pressure in my first pregnancy. It shows that women who have hypertension when pregnant are at a greater risk of heart disease.

I will need to be more aware of my health risks as I get older. But with a family history like mine, I am very aware anyway! :) You will see what I mean after reading my brother, Steves blood pressure story.

High blood pressure in pregnancy

High blood pressure in pregnant women can harm the mother’s kidneys and other organs, and result in low birth weight and early delivery for the baby. In extreme cases it can lead to death.

Preeclampsia is the extreme end of the condition and is dangerous to mum and bub. It often begins after the 20th week of pregnancy and results in very high blood pressure. There is no known prevention or cure for preeclampsia.

The pregnancy study

Chilean researchers studied 217 women with an average age of about 61 years old. The women had a coronary artery examination about 30 years after their last pregnancy. The researchers wanted to see if women who had hypertension when pregnant would have any differences 30 years later, to the women who didn’t have hypertension when pregnant.

Of the group, 146 women had normal blood pressure during their pregnancies and 71 women had hypertension during at least one pregnancy.

What the researchers found …

Women with hypertensive pregnancies developed significant narrowing in their coronary arteries about 3 years before women with normal blood pressure during pregnancy.

They also found the hypertensive women had 28% of their arteries clogged compared to the normal blood pressure group who had 22% clogged arteries.

In conclusion:

The researchers wrote in conclusion, “This study demonstrates that women with hypertensive pregnancies have earlier coronary disease.” The study was published in the American Heart Association Journal Hypertension.

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About Kellie

Kellie is 37 years old and together with her brother Steve makes up the My Health Software team.

She helps on the websites and gathering news for the programs. Kellie worked in the medical industry prior to having her two children (8 and 6) and has a strong interest in self awareness and management of health conditions.


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