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Pregnant Women With High Blood Pressure At Increased Risk For Later Heart Disease

High blood pressure during pregnancy - even once or twice during routine medical care - can signal substantially higher risks of heart and kidney disease and diabetes, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. 



"All of the later life risks were similar in pregnant women who could otherwise be considered low-risk - those who were young, normal weight, non-smokers, with no diabetes during pregnancy," said Tuija Männistö, M.D., Ph.D., lead author of the study and a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Rockville, Md.

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