Women who experience symptoms of preeclampsia in early pregnancy are more likely to have different types of heart disease after childbirth, according to a recent study.
Pregnancy complications may indicate a minor heart problem"It would be important for these women to have regular cardiovascular health screening and prevention at the earliest stage," says the research leader. Dr. GianLuca Colussi, a fellow at the University of Udine, Italy.Preeclampsia is a dangerous increase in blood pressure that can occur in the second half of pregnancy. Women often also have white in their urine. When left untreated, it can lead to serious complications, causing both mother and baby to become ill. Specialists in the study examined the structure and function of 65 women at one month after birth. None of them had high blood pressure before pregnancy, but they had symptoms of preeclampsia during pregnancy. Thirty-seven of them experienced the disease symptom just before the 34th week of gestation. In the study, 16 non-pregnant women with high blood pressure, six healthy pregnant women and 30 healthy non-pregnant women participated in the study. The two groups compared the results, according to which leads to higher maternal heart problems with higher rates. "It is important for both those affected and their physicians to be aware of the postnatal cardiac problems of the baby," read the University Bulletin.
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