New Risk Factor

Wednesday, May 04, 2011
I should have mentioned this yesterday, but maybe it deserves its own post. Recently, the American Heart Association (AHA) recognized preeclampsia and other pregnancy related complications as risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as heart attack and stroke. 

The Preeclampsia Foundation's website states, "According to the AHA's press release: "[W]omen with a history of preeclampsia face double the risk of stroke, heart disease and dangerous clotting in veins during the five to 15 years after pregnancy. Essentially, having pregnancy complications can now be considered equivalent to having failed a stress test."

This is a big deal, especially if you were already at risk. Before, the thought was that once pregnancy ended so did the complications. Now we know that's not the case. You can read the AHA's press release for more information by clicking here.

1 comment

  1. Thanks for all the great pointers to information on preeclampsia! Trying not to worry about it, but at the same time am feeling I'm now more prepared to be on the lookout for symptoms.