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Cardiac structure and function is related to current blood pressure rather than to previous hypertensive pregnancy

Journal article
Authors Anna-Clara Collen
Magnus C Johansson
Cecilia Wallentin Guron
Helena Gustafsson
Karin Manhem
Published in Journal of Human Hypertension
Volume 29
Issue 11
Pages 702-704
ISSN 0950-9240
Publication year 2015
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Physiology
Institute of Medicine, Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine
Pages 702-704
Language en
Subject categories Cardiovascular medicine


One-hundred five women were examined with echocardiography and ambulatory blood pressure measurements 40 years post partum to evaluate the effect of former hypertensive pregnancies versus current blood pressure on cardiac structure and function. Hypertensive pregnancies did not have an adverse effect on the heart, but current minor elevation in blood pressure had a negative impact on the myocardium. The increased prevalence of hypertension following hypertensive pregnancies may be a crucial factor regarding the increased risk for cardiovascular disease shown in affected women.

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