Harvard Heart Letter

Pregnancy complications may herald heart disease after menopause

A pregnancy loss invariably raises a woman’s concerns about her reproductive health. However, problems that arise during pregnancy, like high blood pressure and diabetes, may also signal hidden cardiovascular vulnerabilities. Women who have had complications during pregnancy should take steps to protect their cardiovascular health by getting adequate exercise, eating a balanced diet, maintaining a healthy body weight, keeping blood sugar in check, and managing cholesterol and blood pressure levels.
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