Study finds complications during pregnancy linked to a higher risk of heart disease


A new study finds, five major pregnancy complications are strong lifelong risk factors for ischemic heart disease, with the greatest risk coming in the decade after delivery. Both gestational diabetes and preeclampsia increased the risk of ischemic heart disease by 54% and 30% respectively, while other high blood pressure disorders during pregnancy doubled the risk. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women in the United States and according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accounts for 1 in 5 female deaths. The study was published on Wednesday in the BMJ and followed a cohort of more than 2 million women in Sweden with no history of heart disease who gave birth to single live infants between 1973 and 2015.

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