Pre-eclampsia link to congenital heart defects

PRE-ECLAMPSIA has been linked to an increased risk of congenital heart defects in offspring, with early onset of the condition being associated with more serious defects.

Researchers have found that infants of women who developed pre-eclampsia before 34 weeks gestation are more likely to have defects, including tetralogy of Fallot, hypoplastic left heart and coarctation of the aorta, than those whose mothers developed pre-eclampsia later in pregnancy.

The study, covering nearly two million babies, also shows that any pre