High-risk pregnancies could lead to heart disease

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New research shows that women who have high-risk pregnancies or complications with childbirth are up to eight times more likely to develop heart disease later in their lives, but most mothers and doctors aren’t aware of it, reports NPR.

Medical experts believe there are ways to prevent mothers from suffering from severe heart conditions, but physicians have to closely monitor them to accurately predict who are at risk.

Research shows that about 80 percent of women in the U.S. give birth to at least one baby, and one-fourth of them have complications during pregnancy or labor. There is still work to be done in linking exactly how complications could lead to heart problems in the future, but one hypothesis suggests it has a lot to do with stress.

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