According to the results, 72% of women who had a high blood pressure during pregnancy also experienced it again before the age of 60.
This is compared to 62% of women who haven’t experienced high blood pressure.
The study evaluated 252 women who had pregnancy-related high blood pressure, as well as their brothers or sisters who also haven’t been diagnosed with hypertension in the past.
Speaking to Reuters, lead author Tracey Weissgerber, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota said: “We wanted to really be able to isolate a woman’s pregnancy from her family history.”
After considering other risk factors, the results found pregnant women who had hypertension during pregnancy, their brothers or sisters were also at a high risk of getting it at some point during their life.
The research also found that women who had hypertension during gestation were 75% more likely to get it again than their sisters.
“Hypertension in pregnancy is an opportunity to identify these women early,” senior author Dr Vesna Garovic, also from the Mayo Clinic, added.
To read the research in more detail, visit the JASN website here.
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