Contact: Tiina Podymow, M.D., McGill University Health Center, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; (514) 934-1934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In a prospective study of 822 women with chronic hypertension, researchers in London identified 180 cases of preeclampsia (22 percent), with early onset preeclampsia accounting for nearly half of those. Of those women with preeclampsia, nearly half (48 percent) delivered small birthweight babies, while 51 percent of them delivered preterm, compared to 21 percent of women without preeclampsia having smaller babies and 15 percent of those women delivering preterm. According to the researchers, women with chronic hypertension should take special precautions before getting pregnant, including knowing their blood pressure, knowing of any family history of blood pressure problems during pregnancies, reducing their body mass index if it is elevated, quitting smoking and identifying any presence of renal disease.
Contact: Lucy Chappell, Ph.D., King's College, London School of Biomedical and Health Sciences, London, United Kingdom; +44 20 7188 3639 or email@example.com.
Researchers in the United Kingdom found that, while cigarette smoking
in preeclamptic pregnancies further increases already present risks,
stopping smoking can decrease the risks. A multicenter, cohort study of
1001 white Western European women and their babies found that, compared to
those who never smoke, the women who currently smoked in this study were
more likely to deliver before 34 weeks, more likely to deliver lower
birthweight babies or have babies with an adverse outcome (i. e., admission
to a specialty unit, de
|SOURCE American Heart Association|
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