Physicians' Academy for Cardiovascular Education

Preterm delivery is a maternal risk factor of CVD

Preterm delivery and maternal cardiovascular disease in young and middle-aged adult women

Literature - Tanz LJ, Stuart JJ, Williams PL, et al. - Circulation 2017;135:578-589

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Women who deliver a preterm infant have an increased risk of future CVD events, which was higher for those who deliver before week 32. This risk is only partially explained by the subsequent development of traditional CVD risk factors, but this suggests that modification of these risk factors in these women may decrease the risk of CVD development. As a large part could not be explained by risk factors, additional pathways that link preterm delivery and CVD need to be further explored. Moreover, preterm delivery may be a valuable additional CVD risk marker in screening.


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