The Australasian Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine analysis included 13 studies that measured cardiac function by transthoracic echocardiography between 6 months and 18 years following a pregnancy complicated by pre-eclampsia.
Studies are needed to determine whether long-term cardiovascular screening might benefit women with a history of pre-eclampsia.
“Pre-eclampsia is a real-life ‘stress test’ and the use of transthoracic echocardiography could help us detect early consequences on the heart before women experience symptoms,” said co-authorArchana Selvakumar Thayaparan, MbChb, ofWestern Health, in Australia.
Full bibliographic information
Thayaparan, A. S., Said, J. M., Lowe, S. A., McLean, A. and Yang, Y. (2019), Pre-eclampsia and long-term cardiac dysfunction: A review of asymptomatic cardiac changes existing well beyond the post-partum period. Australasian Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine. DOI:10.1002/ajum.12173