LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - There is glaring new research for women who suffer high blood pressure during pregnancy, called preeclampsia, which affects between 5-8% of pregnant women.
A new study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics shows that preeclampsia can double the risk of a later heart attack or stroke. Dr. Bea Kutzler, OB-GYN, says, "Up until now, we thought we'd cured preeclampsia once the baby is out and so the veil is being lifted. It's good to know that that is a risk factor". Dr. Kutzler also says that preeclampsia has a genetic component, and they know now that any woman who has it should have their doctor monitor them for heart disease long after the baby is born. Symptoms of preeclampsia are severe swelling, headaches, and vision problems.