Washington: A new research has indicated that repeated miscarriage increases a woman’s chance of having a heart attack fivefold in later life.The study also revealed that miscarriage is one of the commonest complications of pregnancy, occurring in up to one in five pregnancies.
Over a period of around 10 years, 82 women had a heart attack and 112 had a stroke.No significant association was found between any of the types of pregnancy loss and an increased risk of stroke. But strong patterns emerged for stillbirth and miscarriage.But having at least one stillbirth increased the risk of a heart attack by 3.5 times. But those women who had had more than three miscarriages were nine times as likely to have a heart attack.The magnitude of the risk fell after adjusting for influential factors, such as weight, smoking, and alcohol consumption but it was still high, being five times as great.Each miscarriage increased heart attack risk by 40 percent and those women who miscarried more than twice were more than four times as likely to have a heart attack.“These results suggest that women who experienced spontaneous pregnancy loss are at a substantially higher risk of heart attack later in life. Recurrent miscarriage and stillbirth are strong gender predictors for this and thus should be considered as important indicators for monitoring cardiovascular risk factors and preventive measures,” said the authors.The study is published online in the journal Heart. ANI
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