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Re : Long-term survivors?

Postby audrey s. » Fri Feb 08, 2008 01:36 am

by audrey s. (197 Posts), Fri Feb 08, 2008 01:36 am

I try to raise awareness, everywhere I can, and when we have a pregnant patient (or immediately post-partum), I try to take that patient for the type of testing that I do, and remind the doctors (if they forget...we have a large perinatal service and a number of cardiologists, so they're pretty good).

Some of what I see in the literature seems to suggest that all the blood vessel changes reverse completely. But we know that "remodeling" does go on, and some of those changes are permanent. And anecdotally, it does make a difference. I see too many women here reporting problems with hypertension and other issues not to think that it makes a difference.

FWIW, I never had hypertension problems before pregnancy, and didn't really have it during pregnancy, either, other than what I called "flash" hypertension, where it would elevate briefly. It never went really high, either. But I had claudication (arterial spasms) severe lymphedema, and hyperreflexia, and to this day I have claudication in the same spots.

And the question arises: do I have this looked into? I'm 52, on very low-dose estrogen following hysterectomy, and I'm concerned about my cardiac risk factors. So anything I can find out that supports early screening in our population, if nothing else but to convince the insurers to pay for it, can help all those of you with young children and questions about your future.

Now about the teen-age years...can't help you there [}:)]!
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Re : Long-term survivors?

Postby neslo » Mon Mar 10, 2008 10:23 am

by neslo (679 Posts), Mon Mar 10, 2008 10:23 am

I'd love to hear more.
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Re : Long-term survivors?

Postby onesock » Mon Mar 10, 2008 11:25 am

by onesock (1606 Posts), Mon Mar 10, 2008 11:25 am

Although hesitant, because ignorance is bliss to me (:P) and I hope that my PE experiences have not had any negative affects on my heart, it would be an interesting thread...even if it forces me to think of things I would rather keep tucked away!
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Re : Long-term survivors?

Postby hhbeachgurl » Tue Mar 18, 2008 01:01 pm

by hhbeachgurl (655 Posts), Tue Mar 18, 2008 01:01 pm

I'd love to have a forum for this!
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Re : Long-term survivors?

Postby mrs.magdaleno » Tue Mar 18, 2008 07:21 pm

by mrs.magdaleno (648 Posts), Tue Mar 18, 2008 07:21 pm

I think it would be a wonderful forum. Knowledge is power and I want to know what might/will affect me when I'm older. Not knowing about PE during my pregnancy sure didn't help me much.
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Re : Long-term survivors?

Postby for faith » Tue Jun 03, 2008 01:59 pm

by for faith (1749 Posts), Tue Jun 03, 2008 01:59 pm

Little late on this, but I would agree. I am done being pregnant, but with having PE (or at least PIH) 3 times, I am definitely interested in knowing affects in the future. I don't have continued high BP, but my mom has ever since she was pregnant 30+ years ago (not sure if she had PE though). My grandma died of heart issues.

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Re : Long-term survivors?

Postby sam » Wed Jun 04, 2008 03:45 pm

by sam (442 Posts), Wed Jun 04, 2008 03:45 pm

nice idea audrey, although i hope to be in the pregnant again forum first in 2009/2010!!! snap i work in cardiology too!!!
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Re : Long-term survivors?

Postby 4mybabies » Sun Jun 08, 2008 05:48 pm

by 4mybabies (116 Posts), Sun Jun 08, 2008 05:48 pm

This is a VERY interesting topic to me. Although I do not want to think of any long-term effects that my history has created....I do think it is important for longevity. This also reminds me that my PCP had an EKG done on me at my first appointment with him after having PE with my first child. I did not end up with chronic htn the first time (I did with the second)--at the time I thought he was crazy and overreacting. Now I am glad that I have a baseline EKG to go by (everything was normal). I will be watching for this forum :)
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Re: Long-term survivors?

Postby xaviersmom » Fri Oct 05, 2012 02:34 pm

by xaviersmom (2 Posts), Fri Oct 05, 2012 02:34 pm

wow that would be great I didnt ever consider the lon term effects but I have certinly lived them My son XAVIER would have been 12 last june
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