Heart Disease Is Leading Cause of Pregnancy-Related Deaths

A new study found that women over the age of 35 have the highest risk of fatal complications.
1:25 | 12/09/14

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A major new study about pregnancy-related deaths. The risk of stroke and heart disease are causing that, and Dr. Jen Ashton has the details. Surprising news to me. Concerning news for the pregnant women and the doctors and nurses that take care of them. The death rate from 2006 to 2010, saw a slight increase. Just over one pregnant woman died for every 10,000 live births in this country. The group affected, non-hispanic black women, and the age group, women over the age of 35. And the most dangerous time period, actually post par come in the 7 to 41 day period after delivery. And we have to talk about heart disease. Exactly. And there are more women, more obesity, more heart disease. That was the number one cause. Number two cause, infection. We saw a bump in 2010 due to H 1 N 1. It's important to remember, you guys, some of these deaths occurred in the first trimester. We're talking about complications from miscarriage or tubal pregnancies. What needs to be done to lower women's risks of dying in pregnancy or post-pardom? Better women's health care and education. In terms of heart disease, identify the women before they get pregnant, manage them, treat them well, and we'll be follow F it. Thanks very much.

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