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eclampsia around the world."

Research presented in June at the 13th World Congress of the International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy by scientists from the Magee-Womens Research Institute and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine suggests that preeclampsia also may be linked to increased risk of preterm delivery and later-life hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

"Research is closing in on this menace," said Dr. Roberts, who also is president of the society. "But there is still much to do."

Women who have previously experienced preeclampsia, also known as toxemia, have an even greater chance of developing the disorder in subsequent pregnancies. Other risk factors include maternal age of less than 25 or more than 35 years and preexisting hypertension, diabetes or kidney disease.


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Contact: Michele Baum
412-647-3555
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
4-Apr-2003


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