Veronica Giorgione is studying the long-term effects of preeclampsia on the cardiovascular system. In her job, she meets and counsels mothers who have just had preeclampsia. Here is a summary of the advice she usually gives:
Preeclampsia is a disorder of pregnancy that can affect pregnant women, usually during the second half of pregnancy or soon after their baby is delivered. It is characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system such as liver and kidneys.
The signs of preeclampsia go away after delivery and the majority of these women achieve a full recovery. Usually, a clinical improvement starts within one to two days following the delivery and blood pressure goes down to normal pre-pregnancy values within one to eight weeks.
Women who have had preeclampsia are at an increased risk of developing cardiovascular diseases (CVD) later in life (1). CVD are disorders affecting heart or blood vessels, such as high blood pressure, heart attack or stroke. However, most CVD are preventable by adopting a healthy lifestyle. In particular women with a history of preeclampsia can reduce their cardiovascular risk by leading a healthier lifestyle.
An active and healthy lifestyle
Acknowledgment: We would like to thank Laura-Jane Logue and Marcus Green from Action on Preeclampsia for allowing me to use this illustration.
An active and healthy lifestyle is based on the following advice that can help people to feel better every day and prevent CVD on the long run.
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