Cardiovascular Complications in Pregnancy: It Is Time for Action
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death during pregnancy, accounting for ≈33% of the maternal deaths in the United States.1 There is also increasing evidence that there is a significant link between complications of pregnancy and CVD later in life. Pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia, gestational diabetes mellitus, gestational hypertension, preterm delivery, and delivery of an infant with growth restriction provide signals about the mother's cardiovascular adaptability of physiological stress. It is time to change the paradigm for identifying and preventing CVD in women.
- Received September 8, 2017.
- Accepted December 15, 2017.