Health TrendsMaternal and Child Health

Long-Term Effects of Hypertension in Pregnancy May Affect More Women than Previously Thought

Hypertension in pregnancy is one of the major causes of maternal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa. It’s complications including pre-eclampsia and placental abruption have a high risk of mortality to the mother and the developing baby. Women with hypertension in pregnancy have been known to have a risk for long-term complications such as chronic or persistent hypertension and its effects, but a new study revealed that this risk may be more common than once thought.

The researchers used a per-woman rate to assess women’s risk of long-term complications of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy. This study provides useful detail to healthcare providers about the long-term risks of hypertension in pregnancy and how aggressive and timely intervention can reduce complications and deaths.