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Reducing the risk of preeclampsia & heart attack in pregnant women

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Women with high blood pressure in their first pregnancy may have up to four times greater risk of heart attack or cardiovascular death, according to Michael Fenech, DO, obstetrician/gynecologist at Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg.

Approximately 2-8% of pregnant women worldwide receive a preeclampsia diagnosis, a complication involving high blood pressure that usually begins after 20 weeks of pregnancy in women whose blood pressure was normal. 

Doctors recommend a few things pregnant women can do to help mitigate the risk of preeclampsia:

  • Regular pre- and postnatal visits  
  • Weight management
  • Exercise  
  • Medication and supplements

To speak with an Ascension Via Christi provider about the risks of heart attack for women with preeclampsia, contact:

  • Fort Scott - Ascension Medical Group - call 620-223-7008
  • Pittsburg - Women's Center - call 620-230-0044
  • Manhattan - visit Find a Doctor 
  • Wichita - Ascension Medical Group - visit Find a Doctor or for more information, call 316-274-7222


About Michelle Kennedy

Michelle Kennedy is the Senior Marketing Specialist for Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan, Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Ascension Via Christi in Fort Scott and Wamego Health Center. She is a proud wife and mom and loves cooking, camping and spending time outdoors, her dogs and reading.