CVD risk factors present in pregnancy

Hypertension and diabetes in pregnancy predict a woman’s risk of cardiovascular disease later in life, and should play a greater role in CVD risk assessment, experts say.

Associate Professor Aidan McElduff, an endocrinologist at Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital, said pregnancy was “quite a stress test”, with mounting evidence showing conditions such as gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia were harbingers of CVD.

He said doctors and even CV risk calculators should now regularly take pregnancy complications into