High blood pressure during pregnancy increases a mother’s risk for future cardiovascular disease and death, a new study has found.Hypertension in pregnancy, or pre-eclampsia, affects between 3 percent and 10 percent of pregnant women in the United States. Left untreated, it can lead to life-threatening complications in both mothers and infants.The British study, published in Circulation, found 149,712 cases of pre-eclampsia in 1.3 million pregnancies over a 20-year period. The researchers then followed all the women for an average of nine years after they gave birth. Over that time, there were 18,624 first-time cardiovascular events, 65 percent of them in women under 40.Compared with women who did not have pre-eclampsia, those who did were at higher risk for 12 cardiovascular disorders. They had a 90 percent increased risk for stroke, more than double the risk for heart failure, and two-and-a-half times the risk for heart attack. They were more than four times as likely to have…



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