Heart disease can be very a mysterious and confusing ailment that doesn’t always seem to have a direct cause. We hear reports every day of people who seemed at the top of their health who pass away from heart-related issues.
The most complex issues regarding heart disease is that there are hundreds of factors that can increase your risk for developing the disease. From environmental elements such as diet and exercise, to genetics elements such as a parent having the disease, many factors can increase or reduce your risk of developing heart disease.
Pregnancy Loss Could Increase Risk of Heart Disease
Something seemingly unrelated, such as a miscarriage, can even be an early risk factor for developing heart disease. A new study found that the risk for developing heart disease later in life was 27% higher for women who had a history of stillbirths and miscarriages. For women who had one or two miscarriages the risk was about 19% greater than those who had none.
While the direct link isn’t necessarily clear, researchers believe it has to do with the inflammation process during pregnancy complications. While more research is needed on the subject, there are some clear take aways.
What Does this Mean for Me?
If you have experienced one or more stillbirths or miscarriages, you should consider getting tested for heart-related issues earlier and more frequently than if you normally would. Early detection is the key to successful treatment, so if you have an increased risk it’s best to get screened early and often.
Since the association between pregnancy loss and heart disease was independent of other factors such as hypertension, BMI, and white blood cell count, it’s important to always mention your pregnancy complications to your physician even if you don’t suffer from any other symptoms of heart disease.
TapGenes Take Away: Pregnancy loss increases risk of developing heart disease, so be sure to keep your physician up-to-date on your health history.
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