Women who suffer gestational diabetes or high blood pressure during pregnancy are up to eight times more likely to have a heart attack or stroke in later life, new research shows.
Other pregnancy complications that can also have an impact later in women’s lives include premature birth and low-birth-weight, miscarriage or inability to conceive.
Research published in the journal of Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy suggests such complications should be considered “markers of future risk” and used to inform women and doctors in protecting women’s future health.
“Obstetrics history should be included in every assessment of a female patient,” the study reads. “This is particularly important in young women who may be at higher, yet-unrecognised risk.”
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