Thankfully, it's unusual today for a woman to die during childbirth but the risk is still there, especially when the woman develops a condition called Preeclampsia. But now, researchers have uncovered two important clues that may help predict which pregnant women are at risk for developing that potentially deadly complication. Preeclampsia causes blood pressure levels to climb to dangerous levels.
"It provides the possibility that you may be able to diagnose the beginning of the disease before it actually does damage that you can detect and possibly treat it and prevent its damage," explains Dr. Frank Epstein, nephrologist, study author.
Right now, the only cure for Preeclampsia is to get the baby out. Even so, Preeclampsia is blamed for 12% of pregnancy related deaths. So now, the hope is that blood markers could be used to spot women at risk to help control blood pressure and prevent that danger from coming.
The study was conducted by researchers at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston. The findings will appear in the February 12th issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.