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Why do preterm deliveries pose cardiovascular risks for moms?
Date:1/10/2011

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Holzman said the team then will compare the data of women who delivered full-term babies with women who delivered preterm; researchers also will examine whether any association may be modified by factors such as race, socioeconomic status or maternal depression.

"Research that uncovers pathways linking preterm delivery to a mother's cardiovascular risk can lead to new treatment strategies for both problems," Holzman said. "If we can identify mothers very early in the process, we may be able to delay or prevent the onset of cardiovascular disease."

The women in the original POUCH study were patients at 52 clinics in five Michigan communities; researchers collected biological samples in mid-trimester, including blood, saliva, urine, hair and vaginal fluid. The placentas also were examined for pathologic markers linked to preterm deliveries.

The women also underwent detailed interviews and answered questionnaires about their lifestyles, home situations, economic status and perceived discrimination.


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Contact: Jason Cody
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517-432-0924
Michigan State University
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