Research into preeclampsia and its relationship to the long-term health of mother and baby reveals both good news and bad news for preeclampsia survivors.

Evidence is unequivocal now that women who have experienced preeclampsia, particularly severe or early onset preeclampsia, are at a significantly increased risk for cardiovascular problems later in life compared to women with a history of healthy pregnancies. The "take home lesson" for preeclampsia survivors is to establish a healthy lifestyle (weight loss, exercise, no smoking) and to discuss cardiovascular assessment and follow up with your health care provider.

"There are very few identified risk factors for later life heart disease in women; preeclampsia is one of the few warning signs we'll get and we should take advantage of it," explained Executive Director Eleni Tsigas.

One study demonstrated that women who have a history of preeclampsia experienced an increased risk of cardio-vascular health hazard equivalent to that of someone who has smoked for much of her life. That is the bad news.

As Dr. James Roberts reported at the Preeclampsia Foundation Patient Symposium, October 2009, "There is also some good news!" Although not all studies agree, most have shown a reduced risk of breast cancer in women who have had preeclampsia, as much as 15-20% lower risk, with the largest reductions in pregnancies with boy babies.

Dr. Anne Gingery of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Duluth has investigated how specific factors released from the placenta of women with preeclampsia inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells. Her research focuses on two factors released during preeclampsia: sFlt-1, a soluble version of a protein called VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor), that regulates the growth of beta cells, and soluble endoglin, a co-receptor for transforming growth factor (TGF) beta cells. Gingery's research, looking at rat models, found placental factors released into the blood stream that may possess anti-cancer properties. She proposes that soluble endoglin inhibits cell growth by reducing the signaling of the TGF pathway, an important factor in breast cancer development and progression.

Other studies have found that breast cancer risk following preeclampsia varies by the gender of the baby delivered. A team in Norway that studied more than 700,000 women through the Cancer Registry of Norway determined that the risk of breast cancer was reduced even more if the woman delivered a son, rather than a daughter (relative risks of 0.79 vs. 0.94). If the preeclamptic pregnancy resulted in a premature birth, the risk reduction from the birth of a son or daughter grows more dramatically - by about four times. These results suggest that the effect of preeclampsia may be attributed to factors associated with the particular pregnancy rather than an underlying biological trait of the mother.

However, cautions the Foundation's medical board, a "reduced risk" does not let a woman off the hook for monthly breast self-exams and regular mammograms. "The risk is reduced, but not enough to avoid the need for awareness and diligent health care," said Roberts.

 

 

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What was your experience with preeclampsia?

 

On February 17th, 2005 I was so blessed to become a mom to a beautiful, blue-eyed, baby boy. Roddick was born 2 weeks early, by emergency c-section, due to my blood pressure staying elevated, even with bed rest. My husband was out of town for work, so he missed the birth of his 1st child. It was crazy, nurses and doctors running around trying to get me into surgery and deliver my son. Much of the delivery was a blur. They had me on and off mag sulfate to control my bp. I felt so awful, I kept thinking that this surely couldn't be what it felt like to be a new mom. I felt so bad that I didn't even have the warmth and compassion I should have had for my newborn. The next day my situation declined. I was in my room alone with my newborn son. I decided that I needed to get up, get to the bathroom and freshen up. I pulled Roddick's basinet into the bathroom with me, washed up, and headed back to the bed. I was completely exhausted! I finally got settled back into to my bed. As Roddick lay sound asleep in his basinet next to my bed, I noticed that the letters and numbers lifted up off of the tv screen I was watching, and started to float across the room. I thought that was really weird. I decided that I better call the nurse and let her know. By then it was too late. There, alone, I had my 1st eclamptic seizure. I'm not sure of what happened exactly, I don't remember anything until a day or so later, after which I had experienced ANOTHER eclamptic seizure. I woke up, finally, in the ICU. On the wall, across from the end of my hospital bed, hung a picture of my sweet little baby boy. This picture was the only way I was able to see him for several days. It felt like my heart was broken. This was my 1st of 3 experiences with preeclamptic pregnancies; 3 preeclamptic pregnancies and my babies and I were blessed to survive.

 

My brother, a Physician's Assistant, had never seen anyone go through what I went through. A week or so after I was discharged from the hospital, he was able to use my experience to help diagnose, and treat, a woman in his ER. I believe my experience may have helped to save her life.

How aware were you about preeclampsia before/during your pregnancy?


I have always felt that my doctor didn't 'scare' me enough and I wasn't told much about preeclampsia. I was put on modified bed rest, but since they didn't seem too concerned, I didn't see the seriousness of the situation. So modified bed rest, to me, was just putting my feet up a little more often. I could have done so much more to take care of myself and my baby. I later learned that this particular doctor had never had a patient experience eclamptic seizures. When I asked this doctor if I should see a perinatologist for my next pregnancy, she said "I don't see why. Your blood pressure was never really that high." Needless to say, I found another doctor and I made sure to find out all I could about preeclampsia and eclampsia.

Why do you volunteer for the Preeclampsia Foundation?


I feel so very strongly that we need to do all we can to spread the word about preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders. Most importantly to find a cure so that lives can be saved. I'm hoping that doctors will find a way to communicate with their patients about the seriousness of these disorders.

What are your goals and dreams for your involvement with the Foundation?


I have spent the last year training for a 50 miles trail race. The race will take place December 15, 2012 on Look Out Mountain in Chattanooga, Tenn. I decided to run this race in remembrance of all the lives that have been taken by hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and also to celebrate being a survivor of preeclampsia & eclampsia. I made a goal to raise $2012 for the foundation. During this year of training, this has really become so much more to me. It has been an emotional ride (or run, I should say) and I'm excited to step foot on the trail and give it all I've got. No matter whether I finish the race or not, I've still won the battle.

 

What has been your most gratifying moment during your time as a Foundation volunteer?


Being able to bring awareness of these disorders to people who would have otherwise had no idea about them. Since I'm a survivor, I know first hand what it's like to experience preeclampsia and eclampsia. I'm invested in it and therefore I can relay the importance for fundraising and finding a cure. It feels wonderful to know that donations are coming in and we are getting one step closer to finding a cure!

 

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<p>Awareness that good outcomes don't always happen helps us prepare while hoping for the best.<a href="/component/lyftenbloggie/2013/03/04/173-awareness-that-good-outcomes-dont-always-happen-helps-us-prepare-while-hoping-for-the-best" target="_blank"></a></p>
<p>Just because a pregnancy is classed as high-risk doesn't mean that it will become medically complicated - and just because a pregnancy is classed as low-risk doesn't mean that it won't. Many of us know this firsthand; we were low-risk right up until the complications developed in our first preeclamptic pregnancy, or went into a subsequent pregnancy classified as high-risk, only to breathe a sign of relief as we delivered a full-term healthy baby.</p>
<p>We've all seen the list of risk factors for preeclampsia: first pregnancy, personal or family history of preeclampsia, underlying conditions like chronic hypertension or lupus or autoimmune conditions, obesity, history of infertility or prior miscarriage. Awareness of your own risk factors is key to managing them prior to and during pregnancy and might lower your risk. For example, chronic hypertensives have a one in four chance of developing preeclampsia, and if they do develop it, their risk of stroke is probably lessened if they began pregnancy with well-controlled pressures.</p>
<p>Knowing how to access care providers who specialize in medically complicated pregnancies is another sort of awareness. Do you know where the closest NICU is? Do you know how to find a maternal-fetal medicine specialist who conducts research into HELLP syndrome? Do you want to plan to move closer to a particular hospital during your third trimester because of your history and the distance?</p>

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<p>You can't trip through February without noticing that heart health organizations everywhere are using the month to raise awareness about women's heart disease. For preeclampsia survivors, this message comes with an important footnote - your pregnancy history matters to your long term health and especially your risk for heart disease. Last year, the American Heart Association updated their <a href="http://preeclampsia.org/the-news/3-newsflash/198-foundation-endorses-new-american-heart-association-heart-disease-prevention-guidelines" target="_blank">guidelines</a> to draw attention to the fact that women with a history of preeclampsia are at higher risk for heart disease, some studies have equated our risk to that of a smoker. You can read more about this research on our <a href="https://www.preeclampsia.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=28&amp;t=44221&amp;p=345827&amp;hilit=cardiovascular+disease#p345827" target="_blank">Community Forum</a>. <br /><br />While some of us may shake our fists at the "Evil Preeclampsia Monster," let's instead turn this news into a concrete warning sign to take charge of our heart health, aggressively get our diet, exercise and other lifestyle modifications under control, and be sure that our health care providers are partnering with us to stay on top of our heart health. As women, we get few early indicators of heart disease. A history of preeclampsia is a not a death warrant - it is a call to action. Consider the resources that <a href="http://www.womenheart.org" target="_blank">Women Heart</a> make available to us and take charge of your health today. For instance, their recent <a href="http://www.visualwebcaster.com/event.asp?id=84704" target="_blank">webcast</a> with Secretary of Health Kathleen Sebelius and other VIPs mentions this important preeclampsia-heart health linkage.</p>
<p>I was in meetings all day Friday - a day we were called to wear red - and spent much of the time strategizing about the Foundation's role in this important preeclampsia-heart disease linkage.  Saturday morning, our meetings continued, but not before I joined my family at a local 5K run/walk and committed myself to not just talking about it, but doing something about it.  It's not just about wearing a red dress for a day, it's about walking 30 minutes a day, and saying "no" to supersizing your french fries!<br /><br />What kind of commitment can you make to being healthy for yourself and the precious baby(ies) you brought into this world, sometimes with great sacrifice? <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Preeclampsia-Foundation-Official-Site/79881357937" target="_blank"> Share any tips you have</a> and we'll collect and publish them in a future edition of <em>Expectations</em>!</p>

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<p>Who can stay "heart healthy" when they're trapped inside looking at a blanket of snow? Hey, unplug the snow blower and get out your shovel... or better yet, grab a sled and revel in it! In all seriousness, we wish our friends across the preeclampsia universe warm cups of hot cocoa. And for those in the warmer climes, yours truly included, there will be no boasting about too much sunshine!<br /> <br />Thanks to St. Valentine's Day, February has been embued with images of hearts and emotions. The <a href="http://www.goredforwomen.org" target="_blank">women's heart movement</a> has adopted the month and we would be wise to pay heed to those healthy heart messages. After all, preeclampsia survivors - particularly repeat offenders - have double the risk of developing heart disease in the next 5 to 15 years of our lives. If your physician hasn't asked you about your pregnancy history, make sure you let her or him know all about your pregnancies - the good, the bad and the ugly. It matters. See our newest brochure <a href="http://www.preeclampsia.org/market-place" target="_blank">Preeclampsia &amp; Heart Disease</a> to learn more about how significant your pregnancy history is to your future heart health. And if you were waiting for the right reason to lose weight, eat right and start exercising and haven't found the mirror shouting at you, then look at your family and tell yourself that they are worth it.<br /> <br />As for the emotions related to February, we're debuting a new feature this month - <a href="/forum/viewtopic.php?f=14&amp;t=41702" target="_blank">Writing Heals</a>. So many preeclampsia survivors have found solice, meaning, analysis and even life-long missions through the writing process. Following my own perinatal loss, I stumbled upon an all-day workshop called "Writing Through Loss" that gently and yet purposefully led me through one of the most healing parts of my grief journey. Ty Allen explains this new project and leads us to a special spot in our<a href="/forum/viewtopic.php?f=14&amp;t=41702" target="_blank"> Community Forum</a> to post your poems, essays or freeform thoughts, all part of the healing process.<br /> <br />This past month we were saddened by another mother lost to preeclampsia. <a href="http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2011/jan/29/raising-ruby-up/" target="_blank">Kristin Coker</a> in Tennessee, died of post-partum eclampsia after giving birth to her beautiful little girl Ruby Evelyn. If that makes you sad, or more appropriately, mad, please take a few minutes to fill out our <a href="http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22BQVRAJL9T" target="_blank">Advocacy Survey</a>. What's the connection? Among the many issues we must grapple with is the lack of accurate data about maternal and perinatal deaths in the US. We know these numbers are under-reported. A very few states have tackled this problem, and then gone beyond to not just ask "How many are really dying?" but "Why?" and "What can we do about it?" We, as an organization of emboldened patients, must also ask those and other equally challenging questions. Answers from our Advocacy survey will help us allocate resources and attention to the most important issues that matter to you. Please let us hear your voice.<br /> <br />With that, warm up the hot chocolate, shovel a few more feet of snow, love your family and luxuriate in a moment of knowing that there's a huge "family" who cares deeply about your concerns and experiences with preeclampsia. And, as always, I'd love to hear your feedback. How did you use writing or any other techniques to heal from your preeclampsia experience?</p>

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By Quincy Fleming ~ Physical activity is something that my husband and I have always enjoyed, so it is only natural that my children have also gravitated towards endurance sports. It takes a lot of time and creative scheduling to get workouts in, but instead of trying to keep the workouts and family time separate, we find all kinds of crazy ways to include our two children. In fact, my husband and I are currently training for an Iron Distance Triathlon. Why, you might ask?

My children and I are preeclampsia survivors. And while we are lucky to have escaped with our lives, our health, our sanity, I know that we are at a heightened risk for heart disease, diabetes, obesity. It seems every lifestyle disease out there carries an extra punch for us. So we asked ourselves: why not embrace healthy lifestyles and exercise as part of our everyday family time?

Unfortunately, because the life that includes raising small children is demanding and time consuming, physical activity often becomes viewed as an adult selfishness to be discarded in favor of doing "more important" things for our children. But taking care of yourself IS doing something for the children. And more importantly, is setting an example for your children.

So from our active family to yours, here are some strategies to get the whole family moving:

1. Go somewhere fun for the kids and have Mommy and Daddy take turns getting in a workout. Summers at the beach is a great opportunity: one of us will start out with the kids building sandcastles and playing in the waves, while the other one goes for a swim, bike, or run, then switch. And be sure to remember to spend some time together, too!

2. Plan a day trip or vacation around physical activity. I am not suggesting you take the kids biking in the Alps here. (Actually, I am... that would be awesome! Can I come along?) But you could definitely tour a place by walking or biking, or, incorporating physical activities into your trip. I am all for relaxing. And eating. But I try to keep it in smaller proportion to moving.

3. Move together.
Take the stairs, park far away, walk somewhere you would normally drive. Put on some music and dance. Go to the school playground and shoot some hoops. Or kick it with a soccer ball. Toss a football around. Play tag. Roll down a hill. Take a flashlight out and do a nighttime walk. Have underwater tea parties at the pool. It doesn't have to be earth shattering or a monster workout. Just do something that makes you move more than you normally would: because it beats sitting on the couch!

4. Compete. Play games with your kids and don't always let them win. Encourage them to try to be the best at something. Kids are awesomely egotistical and competitive. They are actually kind of fun and funny this way. Enjoy it, feed off of it a bit, because trust me, they will LOVE it!

5. Sign up. Most kids can run/walk a 5k...so can most adults. If they are too little to run/walk, they can ride in a stroller... so why not sign the family up for a family race? Many events have themes, support and post-race activities and are geared towards families (including your local Promise Walk for Preeclampsia!). Even if your 7 year old complained the whole time, he will proudly proclaim he has run a 5k once the race is over. And for the rest of their lives, they will know they can do it and will be much more likely to do it again.

I'm not encouraging everyone to run out and sign up for some crazy endurance event (leave that to me). But I am encouraging you all to get out with your families and MOVE a little bit. Walk, run, swim, bowl, dance, jump, climb, whatever gets you active. And whatever it is, do it together!

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The October 2011 issue of Expectations (featuring patient-centered care month) highlighted two powerful, silver-screen accounts of parents confronted with the unthinkable: a child's health crisis with no known cure leading doctors to tell them "there is nothing more we can do." Those simple words - and the prospect that there was no hope - prompted these every-day parents to take on the most important "projects" of their lives: saving the lives of their children.

These extreme examples of patient advocacy provide a humbling reminder of how important our own voices - and understanding of our conditions - are in our individual health care (during pregnancy and otherwise).

In thinking about patient advocacy in relation to my own pregnancy, I am ashamed I didn't ask more questions when I was ordered to take my first (and then second!) 24-hour urine test. I didn't know that a 24-hour urine test wasn't routine, and my doctor was certainly not offering up any unsolicited explanation. I was too shell-shocked to ask any intelligent questions when she took my blood pressure a few days after I returned my second urine sample and simply told me I had "earned a vacation in the hospital." In my recollection - and that of my entire family, who shared in all the details of my pregnancy and have since been grilled on this subject - there was no mention of the word preeclampsia or HELLP syndrome until much later.

Those were the opportunities I missed. It wasn't until weeks later when I had come out of a coma and begun recovering from multiple organ failure that I saw a glimmer of my ability to advocate for myself. Growing tired of the feeding tube that was giving me sustenance (and a very obvious indication and reminder of my less-than-hopeful situation), I became committed to getting it out. I lobbied my doctors for a follow-up swallow test in the hopes that this would be the one that I would pass. I did, the feeding tube was removed, and it wasn't much longer until I was home, caring for my baby daughter, and back to a "normal life." Ultimately it was an important milestone representing the first step I could take toward setting my own recovery process.

CNN medical reporter and author Elizabeth Cohen advocates for making sure we get our business "DUN" when at the doctor's office: find out our diagnosis, understand the plan to make us better, and learn the next steps toward feeling better. She recommends the following simple questions to get the ball rolling and to gain clarity on our personal health status:

  • What's my diagnosis?
  • Which drugs should I take, if any?
  • Are there any other treatments or instructions?
  • Do I need a specialist? If so, do you have a specific recommendation?
  • How long should I wait for this treatment to work?
  • If my problem doesn't get better in that time, what should I do?
  • Am I awaiting any test results? If so, when are they due back in your office?


And, during pregnancy, the following questions may be important to ask:

  • What was my blood pressure?
  • How much protein was in my urine today?
  • Does my weight gain over the last few weeks seem okay?
  • What other symptoms should I be looking out for?

I asked none of these questions and didn't appreciate enough how the age of managed care, rushed doctor's visits, and healthcare reform might be affecting my pregnancy. It wasn't until much later when I needed hope that I began advocating for myself. Now more than ever, though, we all need to prepare to work with our doctors to get the best care we can - and to have hope that there can be a positive outcome.

 
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Our seventh annual Saving Grace dinner gala fundraiser took place in Manhattan on the evening of Saturday, November 12. It was simply a wonderful evening, replete with raw emotion, inspirational stories, hope and gratitude. Together with The Foundation for America's Blood Centers, another worthy charity dedicated to saving the lives of mothers and babies, we reached a broad and extremely engaged audience of almost 500 guests. With the support of so many individuals and our event sponsors - Johnson & Johnson, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, Merck, Abbott and many others - we grossed nearly $550,000 to support the vital missions of our organizations!

Our theme this year was expanded from our traditional 'A Night of Hope' to 'A Night of Hope and Gratitude,' to reflect the hope we derive from, and the gratitude we express toward, our esteemed medical researchers and practitioners and our life-saving blood donors. We were honored to hear a keynote address from Dr. James N. Martin, Jr., President of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecologists (ACOG). In his remarks, Martin emphasized the need to generate more research about preeclampsia, as well as to translate existing research into actual clinical practice, both priorities for his ACOG presidency. This drive for increased research and improving patient care was also reflected in the honoring of four New York area physicians, who have shown exemplary dedication to maternal-fetal healthcare, including Drs. Phyllis August, Mary E. D'Alton, Andrei Rebarber, and Daniel Skupski.

I also want to emphasize the point that our volunteer community (all of you!) instills hope for the future through your varied projects, initiatives and stalwart dedication to our mission and values. For this, I want to express my deep and most sincere gratitude. Thank you! And special thanks and congratulations to the recipient of the 2011 Preeclampsia Foundation Hope Award for Volunteer of the Year Becky Sloan, for her exceptional work as National Walk Director of the Promise Walk for Preeclampsia!

Our Mistress of Ceremonies was a familiar face in tri-state broadcast news. Diana Williams, an award-winning reporter and anchor for WABC-TV Eyewitness News, brought a great energy and even some relevant "breaking news" of her own. Attendees enjoyed musical performances by the award-winning New Jersey Youth Chorus and Jim Papoulis, a well-known musical composer and conductor. Their performance was highlighted by the evening's theme song, composed by Mr. Papoulis and fittingly titled "Saving Grace."

 

The collective hard work of these individuals and volunteers like all of you has helped to make the Preeclampsia Foundation what it is today: (1) a vital information and educational resource for those women affected by hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, and their caregivers, and (2) a sponsor and funding source for innovative research into the cause and cure of the disease.

The very best to you and your families this holiday season!

 

 

 

 

 

Pat Dignan

Chairman, Board of Directors

 

 

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Adelaide C. Ward Women's Heart Health Center at University of Kansas Hospital is making a difference!

Left to Right in Photo: Karin Morgan, Program Coordinator for Hospital City; Sonya Parashar, Research Assistant; and Dr. Ashley Simmons, Medical Director of the Adelaide C. Ward Women's Heart Health Center at the University of Kansas Hospital shared with us this news.

The Preeclampsia Foundation's brochures have been fundamental in our quest to better serve our patients at the Adelaide C. Ward Women's Heart Health Center at the University of Kansas Hospital. Recently, we have started a preeclampsia and heart disease service that seeks to better educate preeclampsia patients about their increased risk of developing heart disease and stroke. Using the Foundation's preeclampsia and heart disease brochures, we are able to not only reach out to many women during their hospital stay but also to send them home with a reminder. Additionally, we are making a concentrated effort to screen Spanish-speaking women using translated materials.

Ultimately, our goal is to not only educate women about their risk but also help them make positive lifestyle changes. Our clinic offers a 90-minute personalized heart health risk assessment, which evaluates each patient's risk. During the assessment, our cardiac nurse practitioner uses each patient's results to make customized recommendations to help lower her risk in the future. Using the Preeclampsia Foundation brochures, our clinic has been able to seek out a higher risk population, educate them, and potentially help them reduce their risk in the future. These brochures have been a great tool and asset to us, and more importantly, to our patients.

 
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If you're a new mom, your own heart health may be the furthest thing from your mind, but if you're a preeclampsia survivor, it's something you and your physician should discuss. Why? Because research has shown that preeclampsia, along with a few other pregnancy complications such as fetal growth restriction and preterm birth, may predict your future heart disease.

Studies have found the following associations between pregnancy complications and cardiovascular disease:

  • A history of preeclampsia increases future risks of high blood pressure, heart attacks, stroke, blood clots, and kidney disease.
  • Women who have repeat or severe preeclampsia, or preeclampsia accompanied by still birth are at greater risk of cardiovascular disease than women who have high blood pressure only and during a single pregnancy.
  • Women who had growth restricted babies or who delivered preterm were found to have higher blood pressure 18 years after delivery.
  • The risk of pregnancy complications and later cardiovascular disease is cumulative. Women who experienced preeclampsia, preterm birth, and fetal growth restriction were found to have 7 times the risk of hospital admission or death from coronary artery disease.

This and other pregnancy and heart health information can be found on Seconds Count, the patient information website of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI). Experts there suggest 6 questions you should ask your healthcare provider about pregnancy complications and heart disease:

  1. I had high blood pressure during pregnancy. Are there steps I should be taking now to monitor my heart health?
  2. I had a fetal growth restriction complication or delivered a preterm baby. What should I be doing for my best cardiovascular health?
  3. What risk factors (unrelated to pregnancy) do I have for cardiovascular disease, such as diet, family history, etc.?
  4. Do any of my test results indicate risk factors for heart disease, such as high cholesterol?
  5. Do my overall risk factors or risk factors related to pregnancy suggest that I should be referred to a cardiologist?
  6. Are there lifestyle or medication changes that would benefit my heart health?

Sadly, a study by Rana, et al (2011) found that a substantial proportion of internists and OB-GYN physicians at a major hospital in Boston were unaware of any health risk associated with a history of preeclampsia. The authors concluded that this deficiency may affect the clinical care they provide. That means that as the patient, you may need to print out this information and take it to your physician so they know why your pregnancy history matters.

It's unlikely you will need stents or bypass surgery, but a good number of preeclampsia survivors report difficulty getting their blood pressure to return to normal and may need, even temporary, medications to normalize their BP.

John P. Reilly, M.D., FSCAI, editor-in-chief of SecondsCount.org and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Cardiology at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans said, “We are committed to informing our patients and other healthcare providers about the link between preeclampsia and future heart disease, and the importance of managing cardiovascular risk factors in preeclampsia survivors.”

However, without solid evidence for what post-preeclampsia follow up care should include, what should you do? Experts in the field have helped us develop these common sense guidelines to reduce your risk of heart disease:

  • Eat a heart healthy diet and get regular exercise.
  • Stay at a healthy weight, specifically a BMI of 25 or less.
  • Don't smoke.
  • Talk with your doctor about your specific family health history, your pregnancy history and the benefits of taking low dose aspirin.
  • Know your numbers - blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood glucose - and ensure these stay in the healthy range.
 
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The Preeclampsia Registry

    The Preeclampsia Registry is a "Living Database" bringing together those affected, their family members, and researchers to advance knowledge and discover preventions and treatments for preeclampsia, HELLP syndrome, and related hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.

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