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Heart disease linked to pregnancy losses

Women with a history of miscarriage or stillbirth have a slightly increased risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), new research suggests.

The research included 77,701 women, with 30.3% reporting a history of miscarriage, 2.2% a history of stillbirth and a further 2.2% a history of both.

They found the odds ratio for CHD for one or more stillbirths was 1.27 compared with no stillbirth, and was 1.19 for women with a history of one miscarriage compared with none.

The authors suggested these groups of women be considered candidates for closer surveillance and/or early intervention so that risk factors could be carefully monitored and controlled.

Read more at Brown University