Stronger Hearts, Better Outcomes in Pregnancy: Study | Health News

By Cara Murez, HealthDay Reporter

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THURSDAY, July 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Thinking of starting a family? Start getting your heart in shape. New research suggests that how healthy a woman’s heart is before conception affects outcomes in her pregnancy.

Study author Dr. Sadiya Khan said the findings make a case for more comprehensive heart assessments prior to pregnancy rather than focusing on isolated individual risk factors, such as high blood pressure (“hypertension”) or body mass index (an estimate of body fat based on height and weight).

“In reality not all pregnancies are planned, but ideally we would evaluate

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