High blood pressure impacts 2-3% of all pregnant women, making it the most common health problem during pregnancy. As a rule, doctors keep a close eye on blood pressure during pregnancy because of the potentially harmful impact on both mother and child. According to a study recently presented at the Canadian Stroke Congress, the potential risk for health problems for the mother doesn’t end after pregnancy. Based on a review of nine studies that followed women anywhere from one to 32 years after pregnancy, researchers found that those women who had developed high blood pressure during pregnancy were at significantly higher risk for having a stroke down the road. This was true even if the high blood pressure had gone back to normal after pregnancy, as often happens. The bottom line: If you’ve had high blood pressure during pregnancy, you and your doctor should be vigilant about tracking your blood pressure post-pregnancy, as well as checking for other markers of heart disease and diabetes, which increase your risk of stroke. (Source: vascular2013.ca)
iTrack Fitness Study
Do you want to be more active? Join the iTrack Fitness Study today!
Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston is currently enrolling participants in a 24-week research study to evaluate a new data analytics tool -- or an “engagement engine” -- that will encourage individuals to use an activity tracker to improve their health and wellness.
If you already have the Fitbit app on your smartphone, tablet, or computer, you can learn more about the study and easily enroll by visiting the following website http://www.itrackstudy.org.
If you meet the eligibility criteria and enroll in the study, you will receive a Fitbit Charge. Compensation of $25 will be provided upon completion of the study.
For any questions, please contact Amanda Centi at Partners Connected Health (firstname.lastname@example.org).