Miscarriage and Heart Attack Risk Linked?

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A miscarriage and heart attack risk has been linked together in the latest study produced. Thousands of women suffer from miscarriages a year, and that alone is difficult for women and families to cope with. A new study now suggests that women who have had miscarriages or stillbirths have an increased risk of heart attack later on in life.

The lead author of the study, Dr. Elham Kharazmi, stated, “Many of the medical conditions that predispose to recurrent miscarriage and stillbirth can also predispose towards heart disease.” Dr. Elham Kharazmi is a scientist in the division of cancer epidemiology at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidleberg.

According to CNN, Commenting on women who have experienced repeated pregnancy losses, Dr. Kharazmi stated, “Should be considered a high-risk group for cardiovascular disease. The known modifiable risk factors of cardiovascular disease should be controlled in them even when they are young and have no symptoms [of] heart disease.”

The study consisted of about 11,500 German women who had been pregnant at least once. Two percent of the total women had experienced a stillbirth, and one-quarter of the women had suffered from a miscarriage. Of the one-quarter of the women that experienced a miscarriage, only two percent had more than three of them. The study was taken over an 11 year period, and 82 of the women had heart attacks.

Dr. J. Chad Teeters, a cardiologist at the University of Rochester Medical center in New York, stated, “Women who have had a miscarriage — or even more than one — should not be unduly concerned if they don’t have other risk factors for heart disease. Less than 1 percent of the women in the study had a heart attack.”

You can view the study that was published in the journal Heart on the Heart website. Although this new study presents some concerns with women who have experienced a miscarriage, you should not be too worried. As always, if your family has a medical history of heart disease then you should notify your physician. The key to avoiding heart problems is communicating with your doctor and having regular checkups. Alas, healthy eating habits and regular exercise are also a couple of things that should be done on a daily basis to keep your body strong.

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