December 3, 2010

A Link Between Pregnancy and Heart Disease

Posted in Heart Disease in the News, New Heart Studies tagged , , , , , , , , , at 1:03 am by keepyourhearthealthy

 

photo by Suat Eman

I can think of 2 things that we pray never occur together medically: pregnancy and heart attacks.  Apparently most women’s bodies agree.

Sadly, heart attacks can happen while a woman is pregnant but it tends to be rare.  Now a new study is showing that women who have multiple miscarriages are also at a much higher risk of heart attacks as they get older.  This study is not saying that miscarriages cause heart attacks. The most likely problem is an underlying medical disorder such as high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol which increases the chance of miscarriage as well as heart attacks.

Any woman who has more than one miscarriage should consider seeing a primary physician for risk factor assessment.  Obstetricians see pregnant patients on a regular basis and screen for diabetes in addition to high blood pressure.  However, they do not often check cholesterol or ask about heart disease symptoms such as shortness of breath or chest pain with exertion.

You can see the full article regarding the link between miscarriages and heart disease at the following link:

Miscarriages increases the risk of heart disease in women

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