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Study Uncovers Surprising Heart Risks from High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy

A new study by researchers at Rutgers has uncovered concerning links between hypertensive disorders in pregnancy and long-term cardiovascular complications. The findings signal an urgent need for improved monitoring and care of expectant mothers experiencing high blood pressure.

Analyzing data from over 33 million deliveries, the team found that any form of gestational hypertension roughly doubles a woman's risk of fatal heart issues in the year after birth. Some conditions conferred an even greater threat – preeclampsia with severe features increased risk 2-fold, while eclampsia was associated with a startling 58 times higher chance of death from cardiovascular causes.

What's more alarming is that instances of hypertensive illnesses during childbearing years have been climbing steadily. From 2010 to 2018, cases rose over 50% according to the study. With rates of chronic hypertension on the rise in women of reproductive age, experts worry current treatment approaches may not fully address underlying risks.

The results point to the need for careful supervision of pregnant individuals with high blood pressure, especially those with preexisting conditions. As heart trouble can mimic normal pregnancy symptoms, any delays in diagnosing underlying issues could lead to preventable complications. Close monitoring in the postpartum period also seems critically important.

By illuminating these long-term links between maternal wellbeing and hypertension status during pregnancy, the findings serve as a call to prioritize specialized care. Redoubling prevention and management efforts may help avoid many dangerous – and potentially fatal – consequences in both mothers and babies.

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