High blood pressure in pregnancy increases risk of future heart disease – study

UK team led by UCC researcher studied health records of 1.3m women from 1997 to 2016

Dr Fergus McCarthy from the Infant Research Centre at UCC:  ‘It is critical now that we focus our research on potential interventions to improve the long-term health of mothers.’ Photograph: Tomas Tyner/UCC

Dr Fergus McCarthy from the Infant Research Centre at UCC: ‘It is critical now that we focus our research on potential interventions to improve the long-term health of mothers.’ Photograph: Tomas Tyner/UCC

Women with high blood pressure in pregnancy, including conditions such as pre-eclampsia, have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disorders later in life, including stroke and heart failure, new research has found.

Dr Fergus McCarthy from the Infant Research Centre at University College Cork, while working at King’s College London, led a team of researchers that studied electronic UK health records from 1997 to 2016 to recreate a UK population-based cohort of 1.3 million women covering nearly 1.9 million completed pregnancies.

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