Women Carry Higher Heart Failure Risk during Postpartum Period

Published Date : Apr 02, 2018

A recent study from the University of Illinois, Chicago, states that women have a very high risk of heart failure in the first six weeks after delivery – a period also sometimes referred to as the postpartum period. The study suggests that hospitalization post-delivery could provide an opportunity to identify women who are at a high risk for serious health complications and suggests that proper surveillance strategies should be put in place before discharge.

The study also suggests that the issue is significantly more intense when it comes to relatively younger mothers, especially with young women having an additional condition or disease, such as hypertension. The study discovered that although only a less than 2% of all the post-pregnancy hospitalizations were observed during the postpartum period, a nearly 60% of all the pregnancy-related heart failure women were hospitalized during the same time frame.

The study and its findings have been published in the Circulation: Heart Failure journal. The findings of the study highlight that high-risk women require close monitoring before they are discharged after child birth. For the study, more than 50 mn pregnancy-related hospitalizations that took place in the U.S. were analyzed over the period between 2001 and 2011. Over the period between 2001 and 2006, a 7.1% rise in the diagnosis of heart failure was reported every year. The rates stabilized till 2011, which was the last year of analysis for the study. The rate of incidence of heart failure prior to childbirth increased by 4.9% on an average from 2001 to 2011, which may have been caused due to other risk factors or conditions the women had before they were pregnant.