High blood pressure the Most Common Medical Problem in Pregnancy
A systematic review of nine studies looked at the issue of hypertension in pregnancy and its relationship to future health events like stroke. The studies found that women who had the highest blood pressure readings during their pregnancy were more likely to suffer from stroke later in life.
“We’ve found that women who had high blood pressure during pregnancy could be at higher risk of stroke, particularly if they had pre-eclampsia, which is a more severe form of high blood pressure,” said one of the study’s authors, Dr. Aravind Ganesh. “The elevated risk of stroke could be as high as 40%.”
Most women are carefully monitored during their pregnancy for any changes in health status including blood pressure. However, during the post-partum period and beyond, most women are not followed up regarding any health complications. Hypertension during pregnancy occurs in two to three percent of all pregnancies.
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