Research Shows Most Women Enter Pregnancy in Poor Cardiometabolic Health

Obstetricians call pregnancy a “stress test” for a woman’s body. The increased blood volume puts extra burden on a woman’s circulatory and cardiovascular systems, and the surge of pregnancy hormones can test the endocrine system, specifically the insulin-sensitivity of the pancreas. When pregnant women develop conditions like gestational hypertension, gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, or gain more […]

Pregnancy-Related Cardiovascular Risk Tied to BMI and Blood Pressure

Women who have experienced hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) face a doubled risk of cardiovascular disease compared with those who have had normotensive pregnancies – and their risk factor levels remain higher through age 50 and beyond. Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and cardiovascular disease share a host of common modifiable risk factors including adiposity, hypertension, […]

Maternal Lactation Decreases Pregnancy-Related Diabetes and Hypertension Risk

Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death for both men and women across the globe. Although many traditional risk factors – such as hypertension and diabetes – are shared, women also experience unique cardiovascular and metabolic stresses that contribute to elevated CVD risk, especially during pregnancy and puerperium. Pregnancy can have an adverse […]

Heart Disease & Pregnancy: Careful Considerations

A recent report published through a study at Oxford University reveals a number of cases involving pregnant women and heart disease, during which physicians have failed to intervene and treat the cardiovascular condition. Because pregnancy and childbirth often exert extra strain on the heart, which is exacerbated by pre-existing and underlying conditions, several deaths of […]


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