How do pregnancy complications affect a woman's risk of heart disease?

Dr. Amy Barley, DO
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

Often, complications that women develop during pregnancy can be indicators of heart disease risk. The most concerning condition is preeclampsia, or high blood pressure combined with protein in the urine, during pregnancy. If a woman experiences preeclampsia during pregnancy, she should seek a referral from a gynecologist or primary care doctor to a heart disease specialist. An early risk assessment of cardiovascular disease can help women make any necessary changes to decrease heart disease risks and prevent the need for more serious intervention.

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