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Pregnancy loss can increase risk of cardiovascular disease: Study

Written by: QMI AGENCY
Jul. 16, 2014

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Women who have had a miscarriage or stillbirth have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease later in adulthood than other women, a new study has found.

The researchers at Brown Univeristy in Rhode Island surveyed 77,701 women and 30.3% had reported having at least one miscarriage, 2.2% had experienced a stillbirth while 2.2% had a history that involved both.

The association between pregnancy loss and coronary heart disease appeared to be independent of hypertension, body mass index, waist-to-hip ratio and white blood cell count, the study said.

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Women who have experienced a miscarriage or stillbirth should be closely monitored and receive early intervention for cardiovascular disease risk factors such as diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol, obesity, smoking and diet, the researchers concluded.

The study appears in The Annals of Family Medicine.

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