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• Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and future risk of cardiomyopathy (March 2016)

 

The American Heart Association considers a history of preeclampsia or pregnancy-induced hypertension a major risk factor for development of ischemic heart disease and stroke later in life. A recent retrospective population-based cohort study reported the new finding that women with a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy were also at increased risk for cardiomyopathy >5 months after delivery compared with women without this history, although the absolute risk of cardiomyopathy was small [9]. Only about 50 percent of cases were associated with chronic hypertension after delivery, suggesting other factors were responsible for cardiomyopathy. This study supports current recommendations to include hypertensive disorders of pregnancy as a major risk factor for future cardiovascular disease, including cardiomyopathy. (See "Preeclampsia: Management and prognosis", section on 'Cardiovascular disease'.)

     

 
     

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