Women who experience hypertension during pregnancy face an increased risk of heart disease and hypertension later in life, according to the recent research.
Under the study, 1,46,478 women with a first pregnancy were examined. Researchers have closely followed women to approximately four-and-a-half-years, they found 997 women with cardiovascular disease and 6,812 women diagnosed with hypertension.
After that researcher compared with women without hypertension during pregnancy.
When they were compared with women without hypertension during pregnancy, those with hypertension during pregnancy had a 2.2-times higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease and a 5.6-times higher risk of developing hypertension after pregnancy. Subsequent pregnancies did not appear to influence these associations.
Researchers from McGill University in Montreal, Canada said that the study highlights the need for long-term follow-up of women with a history of hypertension during pregnancy to provide early management of risk factors for cardiovascular disease.