Prevention of cardiovascular risk in women who had hypertension during pregnancy after 36 weeks gestation

Floortje Van Kesteren, Sanne Visser, Wietske Hermes, Arie Franx, Maria G. Van Pampus, Mireille N M Poppel, Jouke T. Tamsma, Ben W. Mol, Christianne J. De Groot

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Objective: To analyse preventive interventions of women with cardiovascular risk factors postpartum. Methods: 3.5 years postpartum, women with history of hypertension in pregnancy were invited for a questionnaire, 1 year after a cardiovascular risk assessment. Results: Two hundred and fifty-seven women completed the questionnaire. At risk factor analyses, 35% had hypertension, 37% abnormal lipid-or glucose levels, 63% BMI≥25 and 19% smoked. One year later, 36% of women with hypertension used anti-hypertensives, 0% of women with abnormal laboratory findings used anti-cholesterol and 1% anti-diabetes medication, 31% of the obese women achieved BMI reduction (≥5%), 42% of the women who smoked, quit. Conclusion: A minority improved their risk profile.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-269
Number of pages9
JournalHypertension in Pregnancy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished or Issued - 1 May 2015


  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Hypertension
  • Lifestyle
  • Preeclampsia
  • Prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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