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Pre-eclampsia increases later cardiac risk

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Women who suffer from pre-eclampsia during pregnancy are more than twice as likely to have heart disease in later life, according to London researchers.

An analysis of 25 studies, involving more than 3 million women, found that those who had pre-eclampsia were almost four times as likely to have hypertension.

The study authors also said that a history of pre-eclampsia doubled the risk of developing ischaemic heart disease, stroke and thromboembolism.

Cathy Ross, cardiac care nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said: ‘The results make it clear that women who have had pre-eclampsia need to be aware of their increased risk and take action to reduce it.’

BMJ online first (2007)

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