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Heart Attack, Stroke Risks Increase in Young Obese New Mothers

Obese women were found to have a two-fold increased risk of heart attack or stroke within four to five years after giving birth compared to women with normal weight. This was true even after accounting for the risk factors of heart disease including smoking and other complications that are related to pregnancy, according to a new study presented at the annual meeting at the American College of Cardiology.

The study involved more than 273,000 Danish women who had given birth between 2004 and 2009 with mean age of 30 years. None of the participants had history of heart disease, stroke or kidney problem.  During the six-year follow-up period, findings showed that more than 65 of the women had a heart attack and 175 had a stroke.

According to the researchers, although heart attack and stroke are uncommon to young women, the study clearly showed a strong link exists between being overweight and increased of developing health problems.  However, no causal relationship was established between the two. In addition, the researchers discovered that women who are underweight had to some extent, an increased risk for heart attack and stroke.

Lead author Michelle Schmiegelow, PhD, finds the study to be important because coronary artery disease is rising in this group of women despite the declining overall incidences of heart disease. She adds that young women should be aware of the serious health risks linked with obesity and poor lifestyle habits and the negative impact that appears early in their lifetime.


HealthDay News. Obese New Mothers May Have Higher Heart Attack, Stroke Risk.


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