Purpose: This study aims to describe the CV phenotype of women following pregnancy complicated with preeclampsia (PRE).
Methods: Demographics, blood pressure, echocardiography and vascular function in women 1 year after abnormal pregnancy complicated by PRE and after normal pregnancy were compared. Setting: large tertiary university hospital.
Results: see table: In PRE, several CV structural and functional parameters indicate increased cardiac mass and vascular stiffening. Higher, although not abnormal blood pressure may contribute.
Conclusions: This work demonstrates several structural and functional CV abnormalities with putative clinical relevance in women at 1 year after pregnancy complicated by PRE. The data support high clinical vigilance to detect evolving CV disease in these women.