Navigation Links
New leading-edge postpartum health clinic targets cardiovascular disease risk
Date:2/29/2012

A Queen's obstetrics professor has founded one of the first clinics in the world to use pregnancy and the postpartum as a key opportunity in a woman's life to focus on disease prevention.

"This clinic is an extremely novel ideano one else is doing this at present," says Graeme Smith, who is also a practicing obstetrician at Kingston General Hospital (KGH).

Pregnancy is a stress test in that it can reveal underlying health issues in the mother that may indicate an increased risk of future heart disease. Around 20 per cent of expectant mothers experience at least one of six indicators during pregnancy including pre-eclampsia, high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, preterm birth, a growth restricted baby, or placental abruption leading to delivery.

Dr. Smith's Maternal Health Clinic targets women who have had at least one of these pregnancy complications. These women are invited to attend a clinic with Dr. Smith 6 months following delivery. At this appointment women are screened for heart disease risk factors and disease prevention strategies are discussed. All results and recommendations from the clinic are then forwarded to the woman's family doctor for further follow up and management.

Dr. Smith has also developed a form that he hopes will become the third standard medical form given out to pregnant women who come for assessment throughout Ontario. This potential record would complement the two existing forms that currently collect background data and in-pregnancy data. The third potential record would help identify those higher-risk women who should be going on for subsequent screening and follow-up.

"One of the problems with medical systems everywhere is that they are reactive rather than preventative," explains Dr. Smith. "Pregnancy is a perfect time for health promotion and disease prevention and that's what we're aiming to achieve with The MotHERS Program."
'/>"/>

Contact: Anne Craig
anne.craig@queensu.ca
613-533-2877
Queen's University
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Boston University researcher lauded for leading-edge lung cancer research efforts
2. Diagnosis of tuberculosis is increased in postpartum women
3. Homicide, suicide outpace traditional causes of death in pregnant, postpartum women
4. Study to test efficacy of prenatal intervention, support on lowering postpartum depression in teens
5. Mothers postpartum oxycodone use: No safer for breastfed infants than codeine
6. Common class of pain drugs reduces severity of postpartum breast cancers
7. Mothers with breastfeeding difficulties more likely to suffer postpartum depression
8. Urinary incontinence doubles risk of postpartum depression
9. Fish Oil Promising Against Postpartum Depression in Small Trial
10. Fish Oil Pills Dont Affect Postpartum Depression: Study
11. Postpartum intervention/support prevents smoking relapse, extends breastfeeding duration
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/26/2016)... Michigan (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... On ... as sponsor of the 2016 Cereal Festival and World’s Longest Breakfast Table in Battle ... honor of the city’s history as home to some of the world’s leading providers ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... health policy issues and applications at AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting June 26-28, 2016, ... work on several important health care topics including advance care planning, healthcare costs ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... As a ... Magna Cum Laude and his M.D from the David Geffen School of Medicine at ... returned to Los Angeles to complete his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the UCLA-Olive View-Cedars ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... Those who have experienced traumatic events may suffer from a complex set of ... or alcohol abuse, as a coping mechanism. To avoid this pain and suffering, Serenity ... event. , Trauma sufferers tend to feel a range of emotions, from depression, guilt, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... for accelerated orthodontic treatment. Dr. Cheng has extensive experience with all areas of ... AcceleDent, and accelerated osteogenic orthodontics. , Micro-osteoperforation is a revolutionary adjunct to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... 2016 Any dentist who has made an implant ... process. Many of them do not even offer this as ... high laboratory costs involved. And those who ARE able to ... a high cost that the majority of today,s patients would ... Parsa Zadeh , founder of Dental Evolutions Inc. and inventor ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 2016 Research and Markets has announced ... Analysis 2016 - Forecast to 2022" report to their ... contains up to date financial data derived from varied research ... trends with potential impact on the market during the next ... which comprises of sub markets, regional and country level analysis. ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 , ... on Thursday, July 7, 2016 , , , , LOCATION: ... , , , , EXPERT PANELISTS:  , , , ... Senior Industry Analyst, Christi Bird; Senior Industry Analyst, Divyaa Ravishankar and ... The global pharmaceutical industry is witnessing an exceptional era. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: