New research from @JohnsHopkins about maternal health!

Vaught AJ, Minhas A, Boyer T et al. Incidence of essential hypertension but not echocardiographic abnormalities at four years with a history of preeclampsia with severe features.

#ph260720 #Moms
In this new study, we followed up with women four years after they were diagnosed with preeclampsia during pregnancy. What type of research study is that?
#ph260720 #Epidemiology
Preeclampsia is a pregnancy-specific disorder that causes high blood pressure and evidence of damage to the kidneys and/or liver. Preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy impact between 5-8% of births in the US.
#ph260720 #preeclampsia
Over the last two decades the rate of preeclampsia has increased by 25% in the US! Read more about how preeclampsia impacted patient, Sarah Birt and her family at The Preeclampsia Foundation @preeclampsia.
#ph260720 #maternalhealth…
While preeclampsia can have devastating consequences during pregnancy, did you know that having preeclampsia can increase your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke later in life?
#ph260720 #hearthealth
We examined heart function and blood pressure in women four years after they had preeclampsia. What did we find? We found that about 50% of women with preeclampsia developed high blood pressure WITHIN FOUR years!
#ph260720 #hypertension
We also discovered that while women with preeclampsia had some abnormal heart functioning at diagnosis, this resolved when we followed up with them four years later. That’s good news!
#ph260720 #hearthealth #maternalhealth
What are some things that you can do to reduce your risk of high blood pressure after preeclampsia? According to the #AHA and #ACOG, you can focus on modifying your behaviors – heart-healthy diet, exercise, staying at a healthy weight.
#ph260720 @acog…
Do you know how to take your blood pressure? Knowing your numbers is important! Watch this video from The Preeclampsia Foundation to learn how to take your blood pressure in pregnancy and for years after. @preeclampsia
#ph260720 #knowyournumbers

Another important way to reduce your risk of high blood pressure after preeclampsia is to share your reproductive and pregnancy history with your medical provider. Remember - it’s like another vital sign!
#ph260720 #patientadvocate #maternalhealth

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