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How serious are pregnancy complications in terms of future risk for heart disease?

 

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“The at-risk group now captures women with pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, or pregnancy-induced hypertension,” says [American Heart Association 2011] guideline chair Lori Mosca, MD, PhD. Mosca is director of preventive cardiology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a professor of medicine at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City.

“These complications are the equivalent of a failed stress test,” she says. Doctors use exercise stress tests to diagnose heart disease.

“If you do develop one of these conditions during pregnancy, it is an unmasking of the risk that tells us your vascular system doesn’t function ideally,” Mosca says.

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