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High blood pressure during pregnancy may indicate future problems

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

New research reveals high blood pressure during pregnancy may increase a woman's chance of developing heart disease, kidney problems and diabetes later in life, even if they're otherwise healthy.

A large, long-term study found women who had even one high blood pressure reading during pregnancy had a 14 to 100% higher risk of heart disease than women with normal blood pressure.

These women were also two to five times more likely to die from a heart attack.

Blood pressure problems were also linked to a one to two fold increase in diabetes and a two to three fold increase in kidney disease.

Experts say these women may benefit from continued monitoring after pregnancy to decrease their long term chances of these conditions.

This study led by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and published in the journal 'Circulation.'

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