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Today is World Pre-Eclampsia Day.

Nearly 76,000 mothers and 500,000 babies worldwide lose their lives to pre-eclampsia and related hypertensive disorders of pregnancy every year.

For the mother, complications can cause illness for an extended period of time and are strongly associated with the future development of a range of debilitating diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, and renal impairment. Too many lives are taken – or seriously affected – by these disorders, underscoring the importance of symptom recognition, and timely and effective response by trained healthcare workers. This is especially true in areas where access to care is reduced.

World Pre-eclampsia day is a chance for us to think a little more widely than just our own problems in the UK. This is a global issue, with most deaths occurring in low income countries.

We now know that women who have had pre-eclampsia have longer term health risks and advise anyone who has experienced it to check their blood pressure regularly and raise concerns with their doctors.

These themes are what drive World Pre-eclampsia day this year Action on Pre-eclampsia is proud in this, its thirtieth year, to join forces with patient advocacy groups world wide to share these messages.


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