According to researchers, chronic hypertensions, blood clots, diabetes are more susceptible in women who experienced complications such as preeclampsia in their first pregnancies.
The studies show that women who experienced complications by preeclampsia for two pregnancies are at even higher risk of developing hypertension after pregnancy.
The researchers conducted a study in Denmark over 11 million women who gave birth from 1978 to 2007. Of those women with preeclampsia, a complication of pregnancy linked to life-threatening cardiovascular disease, the risks of subsequent hypertension risks were compounded with each affected pregnancy.
Michael J. Paidas, M.D., associate professor and director of the Program for Thrombosis and Hemostasis in Women’s Health in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences at Yale says that “the only reliable treatment for preeclampsia is giving birth to baby. Even though the delivery of the baby may cure preeclampsia in the moment, these women are at higher risk of developing chronic hypertension, type 2 diabetes and blood clots in their rest of life”.
The research adds growing data on the link between pregnancy disorder related to hypertension and subsequent death and ischemic heart disease. The research team is conducting ongoing studies to find genetic link between pregnancy complications, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.