Thursday, November 23, 2006

High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy Boosts Disease Risk Later in Life

Threat of stroke, heart attack and midlife high blood pressure all increase, study finds HealthDay 11/17/06 "Women who experience high blood pressure during pregnancy have a higher risk of stroke, heart and kidney disease later in life..."High blood pressure in pregnancy appears to be an under-recognized risk factor for cardiovascular disease later in life," Garovic said. About 10 percent of pregnancies are affected by high blood pressure...Women who had high blood pressure during pregnancy had twice the risk of stroke as those who had normal pressure during pregnancy. They also had 1.5 times the risk of heart attack and 1.5 times the risk of developing high blood pressure after age 40...The women with high blood pressure during pregnancy tended to be obese compared with the women who did not get it."

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