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
- 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