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Adding hypertension in pregnancy doesn’t refine ASCVD risk prediction tool



ANAHEIM, CALIF.– The first-ever study to examine the clinical utility of incorporating a history of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy into the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease Risk Calculator in an effort to better delineate risk in women failed to show any added benefit.

But that doesn’t mean such a history is without value in daily clinical practice, Jennifer J. Stuart, ScD, asserted at the American Heart Association scientific sessions.

“While we did not demonstrate that hypertensive disorders of pregnancy improved cardiovascular risk discrimination in women, we do still believe – and I still believe – that hypertensive disorders of pregnancy remain an important risk marker for cardiovascular disease in women,” said Dr. Stuart of the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston.

“In this latest analysis we’ve demonstrated over a fourfold increased risk of chronic hypertension in these women in the first 5 years after delivery. So we do see increased risk very soon after delivery, and it persists for decades. And hypertensive disorders of pregnancy as a risk marker does offer practical advantages: ease of ascertainment, low cost, and availability earlier in life,” the researcher noted.

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