One expert agreed with the conclusions of both studies.
"I believe in these findings that preeclampsia is related to cardiovascular disease," said Dr. Richard Levine, a senior investigator at the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. "In women who develop preeclampsia, there are already signs of metabolic syndrome, which is linked to subsequent cardiovascular disease," he said.
Women who develop preeclampsia should be screened for heart disease, diabetes and metabolic syndrome, and women at risk for preeclampsia before becoming pregnant should also try to reduce their cardiovascular risk factors to help prevent the condition, Levine said.
"Get your weight under control," Levine said. "If you have diabetes or chronic hypertension, get that attended to and take medications to lower your cholesterol, exercise, and eat well."
For more on preeclampsia, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
SOURCES: David Williams, Ph.D., consultant obstetric physician, Institute for Women's Health, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Obstetric Hospital, University College London, U.K.; Elisabeth Balstad Magnussen, research fellow, Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway; Richard Levine, M.D., M.P.H., senior investigator, U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Rockville, Md.; Nov. 2, 2007, online edition, British Medical Journal
All rights reserved