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High blood pressure during pregnancy? Here's what that means…

by , 01 September 2015

Are you or have you been pregnant and experienced high blood pressure at the same time? According to a new study, women with this condition during pregnancy are likely to face the same health problem later in life.

In addition, researchers also reported that the brothers and sisters of these women also have a heightened risk of high blood pressure later in life. And, the brothers, might even have a chance of heart disease!

Contributors to high blood pressure during pregnancy

“The increased risk of high blood pressure in siblings suggests that family history contributes to the increased risk of high blood pressure in women during pregnancy,” study co-leader Tracey Weissgerber, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester in the US, said in a news release from the American Society of Nephrology.
“However, women who had high blood pressure in pregnancy were still more likely to develop high blood pressure later in life than their sisters who had normal blood pressure in pregnancy,” she added.
The study only uncovered an association between high blood pressure during pregnancy and potential problems later in life; it didn’t prove cause-and-effect.

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“Further studies are needed to determine whether this increased risk in women who had high blood pressure in pregnancy is due to stronger genetic predisposition to high blood pressure, other risk factors, or lasting damage caused by high blood pressure in pregnancy,” Weissgerber said in the news release.

How common is high blood pressure during pregnancy?

High blood pressure develops in about 8% of pregnancies, so the risk if relatively low. But you should, however, still take regular blood pressure readings while you’re pregnant to detect if there might be any problems.
If you’re currently pregnant and experiencing high blood pressure, have a chat with your doctor about it.

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