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Less Than 5% of Pregnant Women Have Good Heart Health

According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, the majority of pregnant women have serious heart health risks while pregnant. The first of its kind to examine the cardiovascular health of pregnant women in the United States, the study included 15 years of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, consisting of records from 1,117 pregnant women and 8,200 women who were not pregnant.  Researchers examined the records and assessed the data by accounting for exercise, diet, body mass index, nonsmoking, blood pressure levels, total cholesterol and blood glucose. They found that 4.6% of the pregnant women had high cardiovascular health, while 61% had moderate cardiovascular health and 35% had low cardiovascular health. Groups most affected by poor heart health during pregnancy were younger mothers and African American mothers.  Read more....

 

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