A team of researchers state that women who suffer from preeclampsia while pregnant, may have a higher risk of developing various health related complications. They are at more risk of developing future health complications like diabetes, blood clot, hypertension, etc. This study was conducted by the researchers of the Yale School of Medicine, U.S.A. and the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
The study investigators state that those women, who have experienced preeclampsia during two pregnancies, face a higher risk of going through hypertension post-pregnancy. Medical records of more than around 11 million pregnant women, who gave birth in Denmark, were verified for the purpose of this study.
Senior study author, Michael J. Paidas, Director of the Program for Thrombosis and Hemostasis in Women’s Health in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Science at Yale, says that, “The only reliable treatment for preeclampsia is delivery of the baby. But while delivery may ‘cure’ preeclampsia in the moment, these mothers are at high risk of chronic hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus and blood clots for the rest of their lives.”
The study investigators state that their present findings strengthen the existing views that associate hypertensive pregnancy disorders and subsequent death and ischemic heart diseases. The investigators further say that a more detailed analysis needs to be conducted on the issue. They are in the midst of conducting various ongoing studies to better understand the genetic connection between pregnancy problems, heart diseases and diabetes.
Their findings were presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, in San Diego.