Sat. Mar 2nd, 2024
Study suggests that pregnancy complications could lead to poorer cardiovascular health for the child

The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting™, will present a new study that unveils findings suggesting negative effects of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) and gestational diabetes (GDM) on a child’s cardiovascular health.

In a secondary analysis of 3,317 maternal-child pairings from the prospective Hyperglycemia and Adverse Pregnancy Outcome Follow-up Study (HAPO FUS), researchers sought to determine if there was a connection between HDP and GDM and a child’s cardiovascular health.

The study found that 8 percent of women developed high blood pressure during pregnancy, 12 percent developed gestational diabetes, and three percent developed both high blood pressure and diabetes. Researchers then examined the cardiovascular health of the children 10 to 14 years after delivery by acquiring data on their body mass index, blood pressure, total cholesterol, and glucose levels.

The results showed that 55.5 percent of the children, with a median age of 11.6 years, had at least one non-ideal metric, increasing their risk of heart disease and stroke. The study’s lead author, Kartik K. Venkatesh, MD, PhD

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