Study ties gestational hypertension to long-term health risks

02/17/2013 | MedPage Today (free registration)

Hypertension during pregnancy may contribute to heart, kidney and other health problems later in life, according to a study published in Circulation. Gestational hypertension carries a 300% higher risk of heart attack death, as well as elevated risk of ischemic heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, heart failure and diabetes, researchers said. The findings mirror those of an SCAI study that involved OB/GYN cardiovascular screenings, and interventional cardiologist Dr. Roxana Mehran, who led the SCAI initiative behind the study, expects the line of study will support a change in clinical practice. "Post pregnancy, these women are somewhat lost in the shuffle," Mehran said. "We're not following them as closely as we should."

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