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Future risk of heart disease predictive with pregnancy

Pre-eclampsia and other placenta-related problems in pregnancy, such as maternal high blood pressure, placental abruption (detachment), and placental infarction (death), have been found to be associated with later development of cardiovascular disease, with maternal weight a contributing factor. These causes of maternal placental syndrome increased the motherís risk of early heart disease two fold. The effects on the child included low birth weight, and intra-uterine death. The message from the study was to promote ante-natal counselling with the recommendation for overweight women to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight range during and after pregnancy with monitoring of their blood pressure.

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About: Future risk of heart disease predictive with pregnancy

Date: 18 November 2005

Source: BBC News


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