The Long Term Effects of Pre-eclampsia


Pre-eclampsia is a life-threatening condition which sometimes develops in pregnant women. The condition is characterized by high blood pressure, protein in urine, and fluid retention.

Affecting between 2 and 7% of pregnancies, a study has now found out that the effects of pre-eclampsia may be more far-reaching in a woman’s life.

The research has discovered that women who have developed this pregnancy complication, are more at risk of having to deal with atherosclerosis, even decades later. Atherosclerosis is characterized by a hardening and narrowing of the arteries.

The study analyzed the thickness of artery walls of women who had developed pre-eclampsia, and those who had not. The artery wall thickness of women who had experienced pre-eclampsia was found to be much greater.

Read more about this study in this ScienceDaily article: