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Predictors of Future Risks of Cardiovascular Disease Based on Pregnancy and Birth Outcomes

Simpson, Kathleen Rice, PhD, RNC, CNS-BC, FAAN

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: November/December 2018 - Volume 43 - Issue 6 - p 356
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000479
ONGOING COLUMNS: Perinatal Patient Safety

Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death of women in the United States. Emerging evidence suggests several complications of pregnancy such as hypertensive disorders, preeclampsia, eclampsia, diabetes, and preterm birth are predictive of future cardiovascular health. All women, especially those who have experienced one of these complications during pregnancy, should be screened for risk factors during their postpartum visit and subsequent well women visits so they can be aware and take steps to modify their diet and lifestyle to decrease risk of cardiovascular disease. Screening may enhance early identification so appropriate treatment can be initiated.

Kathleen Rice Simpson is a Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist in St. Louis, MO, and the Editor-in-Chief of MCN. Dr. Simpson can be reached via e-mail at

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

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