Pregnancy Complications Up CVD Risk by 30%

Reporting their findings in “Circulation,” published online February 12, 2012, Dr Abigail Fraser (University of Bristol, UK) and colleagues found that women who had had gestational diabetes or preeclampsia during pregnancy had about a 30% increased risk of CVD after 18 years of follow-up, based on the Framingham Risk Score (FRS), compared with those who had not had these complications.

Theses findings add weight to WIN’s patient screening project with Abbott Vascular’s Women’s Heart Health Initiative, which links OBGYNs and cardiologists to better identify women with symptoms of heart disease. Preliminary results from the screening effort will be presented as abstracts at both ACC ’12 and SCAI ’12.

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