Preeclampsia Linked to Heart Disease

by Jodee on February 18, 2009

Preeclampsia is a term used to describe pregnancy-induced hypertension. This is a potentially fatal condition that tends to affect women who are heavier and who have higher cholesterol levels than average. The woman’s blood pressure will return to normal after she gives birth.

Studies have shown that having preeclampsia during pregnancy will double or triple a woman’s risk of developing heart disease later in life. If you have been diagnosed with preeclampsia during pregnancy, it’s important that your doctor be proactive in checking for signs of heart disease in subsequent years. If he or she doesn’t bring it up, then you should.

Previous post:

Next post: