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Early Onset of Pregnancy Complication May Raise Heart Risks

Posted 5 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 – Women who develop pre-eclampsia earlier in pregnancy may be at increased risk for heart problems soon after giving birth, a new study finds. "These women should be screened for major cardiovascular risk factors and prevention strategies should be implemented as soon as possible," said study author Dr. GianLuca Colussi. He's an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Udine in Italy. Pre-eclampsia is a dangerous increase in blood pressure that occurs in the second half of pregnancy. Researchers assessed heart structure and function in 65 women one month after they gave birth. None had high blood pressure before pregnancy, but developed pre-eclampsia during pregnancy. Thirty-seven percent of them had early onset pre-eclampsia – before the 34th week of pregnancy, the study authors said. The study also included 16 nonpregnant women with high blood ... Read more

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Pregnancy Complication Costs U.S. Billions

Posted 11 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 11, 2017 – Preeclampsia, a serious pregnancy complication, continues to increase in the United States, exacting a significant economic toll, a new study shows. The condition involves the sudden onset of high blood pressure and high levels of protein in the urine. It threatens both mothers and babies, and accounts for $2.2 billion in health care costs nationally in the first year after birth, the new analysis found. Analyzing U.S. data, the researchers also found that mothers with preeclampsia and their infants had roughly twice the risk of health complications compared to those without preeclampsia. The results were published July 11 in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. "Existing treatment options for preeclampsia and research into the disease have been limited despite the scale of the disease burden and its high growth rate," said senior investigator Dr. ... Read more

Related support groups: Birth Control, Contraception, Delivery, Toxemia of pregnancy, Gestational Diabetes, Cesarean Section, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation, HELLP Syndrome

Can an Aspirin a Day Keep a Pregnancy Complication Away?

Posted 28 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 – Something as simple as taking a low-dose aspirin every day may protect pregnant women from the life-threatening condition known as preeclampsia, new research suggests. "Preeclampsia is one of the most serious complications of pregnancy, with a high risk of death for the mother and baby," said senior study author Dr. Kypros Nicolaides. He is a professor of fetal medicine at Kings College Hospital in London. But he added, "This condition is, to a great extent, preventable." The new study looked at an aspirin dose of 150 milligrams (mg) per day because some past studies with smaller daily doses of aspirin have produced conflicting results, according to Nicolaides. A baby aspirin dose is 81 milligrams. In those studies using smaller doses, the reduction in preeclampsia risk hovered around 10 percent, he said, but the higher dose in this latest study was linked to ... Read more

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Stroke Risk Can Rise With Pregnancy-Linked High Blood Pressure

Posted 25 May 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 25, 2017 – Several factors raise the risk of pregnancy-related stroke in women with preeclampsia, a new study suggests. Preeclampsia is a condition marked by high blood pressure and protein in a pregnant woman's urine. It affects between 3 percent and 8 percent of pregnancies. Women with preeclampsia are at increased risk for stroke during and after pregnancy, though pregnancy-related strokes are rare. "Preeclampsia is a very complex disorder that's not completely understood. Our study sought to discover if there are ... clues that may help identify the women with preeclampsia who are at the highest risk for pregnancy-related stroke," said lead author Dr. Eliza Miller, a vascular neurology fellow at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. Researchers looked at nearly 89,000 women who developed preeclampsia between 2003 and 2012. Of those, about ... Read more

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Routine Tests Urged for Pregnancy Complication Preeclampsia

Posted 25 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 25, 2017 – Doctors should screen all pregnant women for preeclampsia, a serious complication tied to high blood pressure, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Expectant mothers should have their blood pressure checked throughout their pregnancy – even if they have no signs or symptoms of preeclampsia, according to the task force's final recommendation released Tuesday. The USPSTF, an independent panel of experts, makes evidence-based recommendations about preventive medical services. Preeclampsia typically develops after 20 weeks of pregnancy. It's a leading cause of premature delivery and low birth weight in the United States, the task force explained. "Preeclampsia can progress quickly and lead to severe complications for both the mother and infant," said task force member Dr. Maureen Phipps. "It is critical that women be screened for preeclampsia ... Read more

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Most Women Don't Eat Healthily When Eating for Two

Posted 17 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 17, 2017 – Despite the well-known wisdom of eating a healthy diet while pregnant, new research shows that most American women don't. This was especially true among black, Hispanic and less-educated women, the study authors said. For pregnant women, a healthy diet reduces the risk of obesity, preeclampsia, fetal growth restriction and preterm birth, the researchers noted. "Unlike many other pregnancy and birth risk factors, diet is something we can improve," said study author Lisa Bodnar of the University of Pittsburgh's School of Public Health. She is an associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at Pitt's School of Medicine. "While attention should be given to improving nutritional counseling at doctor appointments, overarching societal and policy changes that help women to make healthy dietary choices may be more effective and efficient," ... Read more

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Should Pregnant Women Always Be Treated for Underactive Thyroid?

Posted 26 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25, 2017 – Many women may be affected by an underactive thyroid gland, but new research suggests that treating it in pregnancy comes with benefits and potential harm. "Our findings lead us to believe that overtreatment could be possible," study co-author and Mayo Clinic endocrinologist Juan Brito Campana said in a Mayo news release. Campana and his colleagues advise a more nuanced approach when deciding whether or not to treat a pregnant woman for a mildly underactive thyroid. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck that produces hormones vital to metabolism, growth and maturation. But the gland can produce too much hormone (hyperthyroidism) or two little (hypothyroidism), according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. A mildly underactive thyroid gland – "subclinical hypothyroidism" – causes a slight rise in levels of thyroid stimulating hormone ... Read more

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Targeted Drug-Delivery System May Treat Pregnancy Complications

Posted 9 May 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 9, 2016 – A treatment approach that typically targets tumors may also safely deliver medications directly to a pregnant woman's placenta, a new mouse study suggests. This type of treatment might one day help reduce pregnancy complications, such as preeclampsia, the researchers said. And it could also help prevent premature deliveries without harming fetuses, they added. "Placentas behave like well-controlled tumors," study author Lynda Harris, of the University of Manchester in England, explained in a news release from Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in California. "They grow quickly, produce growth hormones and evade the immune system." "A lot of cancer research focuses on finding ways of delivering drugs to kill the tumor without affecting the rest of the body," Harris added. "We had the idea that if we could selectively target the placenta in the same ... Read more

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Heart Irregularities May Be Linked to Pregnancy Complication

Posted 23 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2016 – Heart abnormalities between pregnancies may help spot which women with a history of pregnancy-related high blood pressure (preeclampsia) might have an increased risk for the condition in future pregnancies, researchers report. Preeclampsia is a serious condition that occurs in 3 percent to 8 percent of pregnancies, according to the Italian authors of a study published Feb. 22 in the journal Hypertension. When preeclampsia occurs, sometimes the baby needs to be delivered early to prevent harm to both mother and child, the researchers said. "Women who have early preeclampsia in their first pregnancy should be informed of their risk and should be carefully followed," said lead author Dr. Herbert Valensise, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Tor Vergata University School of Medicine, in Rome. "Physicians have to look at the complicated pregnancy ... Read more

Related support groups: Arrhythmia, Delivery, Toxemia of pregnancy, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation, HELLP Syndrome

Rare Nervous System Disorder Can Put Pregnancy at Risk: Study

Posted 18 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 18, 2015 – An uncommon central nervous system disorder may increase pregnant women's risk for miscarriage or a serious pregnancy-related condition known as pre-eclampsia, a new study reveals. The rare autoimmune disorder, called neuromyelitis optica, is often mistaken for multiple sclerosis. It affects the nerves to the eyes and the spinal cord, and sometimes the brain, the researchers explained. In the new study, Dr. Maria Isabel Leite from the University of Oxford in England, and colleagues looked at the medical records of 60 pregnant women with neuromyelitis optica who'd had at least one previous pregnancy. Forty of the women were analyzed for miscarriage and 57 for pre-eclampsia, which is marked by high blood pressure and protein in the urine during pregnancy that can threaten the life of the mother and baby. Of the 40 women analyzed for miscarriage, there were 85 ... Read more

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