Women with prior eclampsia clustered into either high CRP (range 8.97 to 40.6 mg/L, n=13) or lower CRP (median 1.0, range 0.05 to 3.77, n=12) subsets. The prior eclampsia/high CRP subset displayed significantly elevated systolic blood pressures, lower high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, higher apolipoprotein B, and higher fasting insulin and homeostasis model of insulin resistance (HOMA) values compared to controls, whereas the prior eclampsia/low CRP subset differed from controls only by marginally increased apolipoprotein B. The triad of inflammation, low HDL, and insulin resistance may elevate risk for both preeclampsia/eclampsia and cardiovascular disease in later life.
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