Complications during pregnancy are linked to a higher risk of heart disease, study finds
Complications during pregnancy are strong lifelong risk factors for coronary heart disease, a new study finds, with the greatest risk coming in the decade after birth.
Ischemic heart disease refers to heart problems, including heart attack, caused by narrowing or dysfunction of blood vessels.
Gestational diabetes and preeclampsia increased the risk of ischemic heart disease in the study by 54% and 30%, respectively, while other high blood pressure disorders during pregnancy doubled the risk. Having a baby early – before 37 weeks – or having a low birth weight baby was associated with an increased risk of 72% and 10% respectively.
The study, published Wednesday in the BMJ, followed a cohort of more than 2 million women in Sweden with no history of heart disease who were born between 1973 and 2015.