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Question of the day re: race and ethnicity

Postby laura » Thu Jan 08, 2004 03:23 pm

by laura (5139 Posts), Thu Jan 08, 2004 03:23 pm

Studies are finding that minority women are at increased chance of having a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy. Some observe that the same groups of people that tend to have cardiovascular/hypertension problems later in life also seem disproportionately burdened with PE.

Question: Do you think that your race and/or ethnicity or your partner's race/ethnicity factored into your development of a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy?


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Re : Question of the day re: race and ethnicity

Postby angelical » Thu Jan 08, 2004 03:47 pm

by angelical (330 Posts), Thu Jan 08, 2004 03:47 pm

We are both white, of European descent. I don't think that is a known risk factor.

My family is from England and maybe eastern Europe, with one American Indian thrown in.

DH's family is Polish.

Sharel

I should have added: I have a family history of high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, strokes, and kidney problems.

DH's family problems seem to be centered on cancer and gastrointestinal problems.


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Re : Question of the day re: race and ethnicity

Postby akemt » Thu Jan 08, 2004 03:48 pm

by akemt (4961 Posts), Thu Jan 08, 2004 03:48 pm

I'll answer first! lol [:D] Oops, almost first.

I'm caucasion (same with dh) and never really considered my race as a factor so who knows. We have European ancestry as well.

Though PE runs in my family and so do heart conditions, etc.

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Re : Question of the day re: race and ethnicity

Postby josiah1112 » Thu Jan 08, 2004 04:00 pm

by josiah1112 (1368 Posts), Thu Jan 08, 2004 04:00 pm


Hi,

I do not think race has anything to do with it. I'm
Latina and my husband the same. Nobody in our families
has ever suffered from PE.

Gloria mom to Josiah 11/12/03 - 12/4/03 born @26wks PE
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Re : Question of the day re: race and ethnicity

Postby ileana » Thu Jan 08, 2004 04:01 pm

by ileana (1010 Posts), Thu Jan 08, 2004 04:01 pm

I am caucasian - Eastern Europe/Balcans (Romania)

DH is caucasian - US - the England way

The idea came from hearing that one other woman that had severe early onset pree was hungarian and her hubby was American-chinese. I have this theory that maybe very different genes might cause this...



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Re : Question of the day re: race and ethnicity

Postby laura » Thu Jan 08, 2004 04:07 pm

by laura (5139 Posts), Thu Jan 08, 2004 04:07 pm

I'm 1/2 Alaskan Native and 1/2 caucasian (my dad's a french speaking Cajun), my husband is just native- and there's a lot of preeclampsia in my mom's (native) side of the family, and the majority of them had native spouses as well.

I definitely think that all of our family's preeclampsia comes from the fact that our family has so many problems with hypertension/cardiovascular problems. It's also true that our ethnic group on the whole tends to have more and worse problems with heart issues than in the normal population.

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Re : Question of the day re: race and ethnicity

Postby taras mom » Thu Jan 08, 2004 04:23 pm

by taras mom (841 Posts), Thu Jan 08, 2004 04:23 pm

DH and I are both Caucasian, but I have a strong family history of hypertension.

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Re : Question of the day re: race and ethnicity

Postby sweetiesuzy » Thu Jan 08, 2004 04:41 pm

by sweetiesuzy (2404 Posts), Thu Jan 08, 2004 04:41 pm

DH and I are both caucasion. Both sides of our family have horrible heart disease/high blood pressure issues. Although - niether of my two sisters have any hypertension issues and they are 8 and 9 years old than me - and have more than one child each. I guess I was struck with the bad luck! [}:)]
Interesting side note - my oldest son is half african american. I had some high bood pressure readings late in pregnancy with him. But this theme has repeated with subsequent pregnancies. Plus I am now labeled a "chronic hypertensive" gal [:I] (I suppose this is different in some ways then developing a HBP issue only during or after pregnancy.) ARGH!!! There are just too many varients for me to think about in terms of this disease!!

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Re : Question of the day re: race and ethnicity

Postby amandab » Thu Jan 08, 2004 06:20 pm

by amandab (166 Posts), Thu Jan 08, 2004 06:20 pm

Hubby and I are both caucasian - predominately Welsh. But we both have heart disease and hypertension in our families.

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Re : Question of the day re: race and ethnicity

Postby catherine » Thu Jan 08, 2004 07:36 pm

by catherine (2832 Posts), Thu Jan 08, 2004 07:36 pm

I've read that elderly white multigravidas with a history of poor pregnancy outcomes have a higher risk of HELLP, but that we are relatively rare in comparison with the sweet young things of every race having their first kids in their late teens and early twenties LOL!!!

Irish born and bred as is DH. As an island nation with a small population we are woefully inbred, rates of carriage for things like PKU is 1:25 rather than the 1:125 elsewhere. I don't think that the rate of preeclampsia is any higher there than here though. The irish are wickedly hypertensive, horrible diet, smoking etc. A normal bp in Ireland is 140/90 LOL!

Does Anne know if the big database study in Iceland is going to look for preeclampsia-related genes?

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