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High blood pressure risks higher while pregnant

Friday, October 18, 2013

Pregnant women regularly see their doctors but there are some risks that remain long after a child is delivered, when women see their doctors less frequently.

High blood pressure is the most common medical problem pregnant women face affecting up to 3 percent of all pregnancies.

A new report shows women who have severe high blood pressure while pregnant have a 40 percent higher long term risk of stroke.

Those women are urged to cut back on salt, eat fresh fruits and vegetables, exercise and keep up with doctors' visits.

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