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Pregnancy problems could leave women more at risk from heart disease or strokes later in life, research suggests Researchers found premature and stillbirths doubled likelihood of heart disease  Pre-eclampsia is associated with fourfold increase in the risk of heart failure Birmingham University researches analysed results of 32 previous studies

By Eleanor Hayward Health Reporter For The Daily Mail

Published: 00:34 BST, 8 October 2020 | Updated: 00:36 BST, 8 October 2020

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Women who experience pregnancy complications or other reproductive problems are more likely to suffer heart disease or strokes in later life, say researchers.

They found that stillbirth and giving birth prematurely double the likelihood of having heart disease, strokes or heart failure. 

Suffering from pre-eclampsia while pregnant – a common condition which leads to dangerously high blood pressure – is associated with a fourfold increase in the risk of heart failure. 

Women who had diabetes or high blood pressure while pregnant were 50 per cent more likely to get heart problems.

Researchers found that stillbirth and giving birth prematurely double the likelihood of having heart disease, strokes or heart failure (file photo)

Researchers found that stillbirth and giving birth prematurely double the likelihood of having heart disease, strokes or heart failure (file photo)

The researchers, from Birmingham University, analysed the results of 32 previous studies which had followed more than a million women for an average of a decade. 

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