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Pre-eclampsia and offspring cardiovascular health: mechanist

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Pre-eclampsia and offspring cardiovascular health: mechanist

Postby caryn » Wed Apr 11, 2012 08:54 am

Pre-eclampsia is increasingly recognized as more than an isolated disease of pregnancy. Women who have had a pregnancy complicated by pre-eclampsia have a 4-fold increased risk of later cardiovascular disease. Intriguingly, the offspring of affected pregnancies also have an increased risk of higher blood pressure and almost double the risk of stroke in later life. Experimental approaches to identify the key features of pre-eclampsia responsible for this programming of offspring cardiovascular health, or the key biological pathways modified in the offspring, have the potential to highlight novel targets for early primary prevention strategies...

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22455350

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