Transcript for New Weapon Against Pre-Eclampsia: Aspirin for Pregnant Women?
We turn to a house alert about women and pregnancy. Worried that a simple drug on your medicine cabinet probably right now can protect expectant mothers and their babies from a condition striking millions and can be deadly. ABC's veteran obstetricianen Dr. Jan Ashton has the details. Reporter: Raisa Bari was diagnosed at 36 weeks of her pregnancy. I found out about my high blood pressure at the doctor's office. Reporter: She was put on bed rest and it was preclampcyia. When a woman's blood pressure is abnormally high it could be preterm delivery, even death. You may remember it as the subject of tragedy . It affects approximately 160,000 deliveries every year in the U.S., today's recommendation for women at risk of preeclampsia, a simple, low dose aspirin daily. We don't know why it works but points to reducing inflammation and increasing blood flow to the placenta. The report finding aspiring cut the risk of preeclampsia by as much at 24 percent and was not linked to significant complications. For mom or baby. For Raisa, the nerve racking pregnancy resulted in a beautiful baby. This is Sophia. Reporter: The healthy, happy outcome that today's recommendations hope to replicate. Jen Ashton, ABC news, New York.
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