Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Pre-eclampsia is future CVD warning sign

  • Comment
Pre-eclampsia could be the earliest warning sign of later cardiovascular risk in women, according to Canadian researchers.

The condition occurs in 5-10% of all pregnancies but clinicians often fail to follow it up with other CVD screening tests, warn study authors from Queen’s University in Ontario.

The five-year study, published on-line in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, has followed the progress of 400 Ontario women, half of whom developed pre-eclampsia during their pregnancy.

When screened a year after delivery, the women with pre-eclampsia showed underlying CVD risk factors of elevated blood pressure and lipids at a rate that was two to three times greater than the controls.

‘The symptoms probably pre-dated pregnancy and were the background upon which pre-eclampsia developed,’ said study author Graeme Smith, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the university.

He added: ‘What’s exciting for our research team is that we’re mostly dealing with young, healthy women who now have the opportunity to protect themselves from developing a life-threatening condition years down the road.’


  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.