Arterial stiffness and wave reflection 1 year after a pregnancy complicated by hypertension.

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This article has been peer reviewed. It was published in: Journal of Clinical Hypertension.

Volume 16, Issue 10, 1 October 2014, Pages 695-699.

The published version is available at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4192066/

Copyright © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.


Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) are associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) later in life. The authors investigated the association of HDP with blood pressure (BP) and arterial stiffness 1-year postpartum. Seventy-four participants, 33 with an HDP and 41 with uncomplicated pregnancies, were examined using applanation tonometry to measure BP, carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (cfPWV), and augmentation index (AIx). On average, women with HDP had a 9 mm higher systolic BP (P