Pregnancy complications ‘lead to lifelong heart disease risk’

Women who have experienced multiple adverse outcomes have an even higher risk of the condition, say international researchers.
Rachel Fieldhouse

Adverse pregnancy outcomes should be considered lifelong risk factors for ischaemic heart disease and prompt early intervention, say researchers behind a large population-based study.

The US and Swedish team found that women who had experienced preterm delivery, small size for gestational age, pre-eclampsia, other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy or gestational diabetes had an elevated risk of ischaemia up to 46 years later.