You can have hypertension for many years without any symptoms. Unfortunately, it still has the potency to damage your blood vessels. Thus uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to serious health risks and a recent study conducted found young women suffering from hypertension were at risk of heart failure especially for those within six weeks of delivery.
A study from the University of Illinois at Chicago found out that women having hypertension post delivery were at the highest risk for heart failure. The team analysed more than 50 million pregnancy-related hospitalisations in the U.S.
It was found that nearly two percent of all pregnancy-related hospitalisations took place during the postpartum period. Out of which, 60 percent of pregnancy-related heart failure hospitalisations took place during the same time.
“This finding lends support to using delivery-related hospitalisation as a window of opportunity to identify high-risk women and develop surveillance strategies before discharge,” said Mulubrhan Mogos, Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois in Chicago.
Moreover, it was found that there was an increase of nearly 7.1 percent each year in heart failure diagnoses among postpartum hospitalisations. Heart failure risks during the antepartum period increased by increased by an average of 4.9 percent per year.
Usually, women are discharged from the hospital within two to three days after delivery and their health is not evaluated until six weeks later. Thus the researchers wanted to highlight that women need to be closely monitored before they are discharged after giving birth and during the postpartum period.