April 07, 2020

New test helps predict pregnancy complications

DALLAS — Researchers say they’ve developed a sensitive new test that can accurately predict late-pregnancy cardiovascular complications months before they become a problem.

A Spanish research team — whose work was published Thursday in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension — found that when mothers-to-be wore an electronic blood-pressure monitor once a month for 48 hours straight, doctors were able to detect cardiovascular complications before symptoms appeared 96 percent of the time.

The test predicted which women would develop pregnancy-induced high blood pressure and pre-eclampsia, which affects 7 percent of pregnant women in the United States.

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