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Melbourne, FL - February 15, 2011 - The Preeclampsia Foundation endorsed the heart disease prevention guidelines for women, just released today, from the American Heart Association. The new guidelines address the role of preeclampsia as a risk factor for heart disease.
For several years, the Foundation has advocated to recognize preeclampsia as an important risk marker for cardiovascular disease and endorses these guidelines as “a pretty good start,” explained Executive Director Eleni Tsigas. “They recommend a pregnancy history for all women when assessing cardiovascular risk and count preeclampsia, gestational diabetes and pregnancy induced hypertension as part of the risk scoring. Unfortunately, they do not differentiate early onset and recurrent preeclampsia as being especially high risk. Nonetheless, it is encouraging to see that health care providers are being asked to include pregnancy history as an important and relevant part of a patient’s medical history.” We’ll be reporting on this development in more detail in the March issue of Expectations. Read more about it now on the American Heart Association’s website.
One recommendation is to take the AHA Cardiovascular Risk chart with you to your primary care physician and let them know about your pregnancy history and its potential impact on your long-term health.