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Preeclampsia and future stroke risk in women

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Davis, Melissa, DNP, CNM, FNP; Sanders, Bethany, MSN, CNM

doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000554088.97825.ad
Feature: WOMEN'S HEALTH: DNP SPECIAL ISSUE
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Abstract: Preeclampsia is a complication of pregnancy that affects approximately 4% of pregnancies. Preeclampsia is defined as new-onset hypertension after 20 weeks gestation often accompanied by new-onset proteinuria. Women who experience preeclampsia during pregnancy are at an increased risk for hypertension and stroke later in life. Healthcare providers should screen women appropriately to minimize risk.

Preeclampsia is a complication of pregnancy that affects approximately 4% of pregnancies. Preeclampsia is defined as new-onset hypertension after 20 weeks gestation often accompanied by new-onset proteinuria. Women who experience preeclampsia during pregnancy are at an increased risk for hypertension and stroke later in life. Healthcare providers should screen women appropriately to minimize risk.

Melissa Davis is an instructor in clinical nursing and director of faculty practice at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, Tenn.

Bethany Sanders is a faculty nurse midwife at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, Tenn.

The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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