PE: formal risk factor or failed stress test?

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PE: formal risk factor or failed stress test?

Postby caryn » Thu Jan 08, 2009 02:51 pm

...Free radical derived oxidative stress, various inflammatory markers, including neutrophil response, C-reactive protein, and leukocyte adhesion, may contribute to endothelial dysfunction in both preeclampsia and coronary atherosclerosis. Alternatively, preeclampsia itself may induce metabolic and vascular changes that may increase the overall future risk for CVD in affected women. Therefore, at present, it remains unclear whether preeclampsia is a formal risk factor for CVD, or identifies women at increased risk for CVD later in life. Pending large-scale studies aiming to examine the causality of this association, women with a history of preeclampsia should be counseled regarding their increased risks for hypertension and other cardiovascular sequelae later in life, followed closely and treated aggressively for modifiable CVD risk factors...

Chicken or egg? At any rate, one of the only known ways to lower CVD risk is to lose weight. So we should all be posting over on the Weight Loss Buddies thread...

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