Post-pregnancy hypertension

POST-PREGNANCY HYPERTENSION

A large Danish study has shown that women who have a history of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy have a persistent increased risk of developing hypertension (risk up to 10 times higher in the decade after delivery, and still doubled 20 years later). This reinforces that these women should be followed up with regular cardiovascular risk assessment and lifestyle advice.

Behrens, I., Basit, S., Melbye, M., Lykke, J., Wohlfahrt, J., Bundgaard, H., … , Boyd, H. (2017). Risk of post-pregnancy hypertension in women with a history of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. BMJ, 358, j3078. doi: 10.1136/bmj.j3078

Conclusion: If you are treated for high blood pressure during pregnancy then you should be followed up with regular cardiovascular risk assessment and lifestyle advice by your doctor.
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