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Study suggests ‘full-term’ pregnancy may need narrower definition

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Studies have shown strong links between preterm births and future health risks such as heart failure. But being born early, yet still within the full-term range, may also pose heart-related risks later in life, a new study suggests.

The findings could have far-reaching implications in terms […]

September 27th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Children, Patients, Research, Women|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Study suggests ‘full-term’ pregnancy may need narrower definition

Women, doctors need to focus on both heart health and reproductive health, experts say

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While heart disease remains the leading cause of death for women, only a fraction of them discuss heart health during annual ob-gyn visits, according to a new survey.

That missed connection between heart and reproductive health is important because many women consider their ob-gyns as their […]

September 20th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Heart Disease, Women|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Women, doctors need to focus on both heart health and reproductive health, experts say

Hearts of pregnant women with preeclampsia may thicken after delivery

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Women who develop a dangerous elevation in blood pressure during pregnancy may develop thickened heart tissue soon after delivery, a new study shows.

In the study, women with preeclampsia had an increased risk of left ventricular hypertrophy one month after delivery compared to pregnant women without preeclampsia. […]

A type of hypertension during pregnancy more dangerous than thought

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High blood pressure during pregnancy puts moms at a significant risk for cardiovascular disease later in life. But in a new study that looked back more than three decades, researchers found that a type of hypertension during pregnancy that causes only a temporary hike in […]

September 11th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Research, Women|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on A type of hypertension during pregnancy more dangerous than thought

Infections, other factors raise risk of pregnancy-related stroke in women with preeclampsia

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Urinary tract infections, chronic high blood pressure and bleeding or clotting disorders may increase the risk of pregnancy-associated stroke in women with preeclampsia, new data suggest.

In a study published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, women with preeclampsia and pregnancy-related stroke were seven times […]

Multiple pregnancies may up risk of irregular heartbeat

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Women who have multiple pregnancies are at a greater risk of developing an irregular heart rhythm, and delivering a premature baby may be associated with cardiovascular disease, according to two new studies.

In the study that links the number of pregnancies to a type of irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation, researchers […]

Successful pregnancy possible for some women with high-risk congenital heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Doctors have historically advised against pregnancy in women with complex heart defects. But pregnancy may be possible for some of them, according to new guidance based on emerging data.

The American Heart Association published the new advice Thursday in its journal Circulation.

Pregnancy is a serious decision […]

Pregnant mom saved by quick action of toddler son

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The details of what happened to her the day she had a stroke are still fuzzy for Lindaly Hernandez. But 4-year-old Jayden Garcia remembers exactly where he was the day his mother collapsed in her bathroom.

Jayden, who was 3 at the time, was […]

Told pregnancy too dangerous, cardiac arrest survivor has baby via surrogate, friend

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

At 31, Kristi Soule blacked out. Doctors initially diagnosed her with a heart attack. But after eight days in the hospital, doctors discovered a viral infection had attacked her heart and greatly decreased its function.

After that, Soule started paying more attention to her heart health.

“I […]

Prehypertension during pregnancy could lead to cardiovascular risks

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Pregnant women with even subtle blood pressure elevations in the upper ranges of normal may be at high risk of developing metabolic syndrome after giving birth, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.

Blood pressure guidelines — which don’t distinguish between pregnant women […]