How does preeclampsia predispose to future cardiovascular disease?

Curr Hypertens Rep. 2014 Sep;16(9):472. doi: 10.1007/s11906-014-0472-6.


Over the last few decades, there has been increasing emphasis on cardiovascular disease in women and study of female-specific cardiovascular risk factors. Hypertension in pregnancy, and specifically preeclampsia, has been identified as one such risk factor. In this review, we explore the epidemiological evidence for preeclampsia as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. We propose reasons for this association, giving evidence for potential pathways linking preeclampsia with future cardiovascular disease.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Blood Pressure*
  • Cardiovascular Diseases* / epidemiology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases* / etiology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases* / physiopathology
  • Female
  • Global Health
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Pre-Eclampsia / physiopathology*
  • Pregnancy
  • Risk Assessment*
  • Risk Factors