Women who suffered pregnancy complications including preeclampsia and those who have a systemic autoimmune collagen-vascular disease are considered at risk for cardiovascular disease under 2011 American Heart Association guidelines for CVD prevention, writes Dr. C. Noel Bairey Merz. The developments reflect increased understanding of CVD in women, but more work must be done, Merz writes. Future guidelines may incorporate recent data such as research confirming women who have had their ovaries removed as a prophylactic measure face heightened risks, she writes, and EHR technology would ensure cardiologists can connect the dots in women's health histories.

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