Hypertension in Pregnancy Increases Kidney Failure Risk

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An analysis of data from 26,651 women in Taiwan with hypertensive disorders in their first pregnancy and 213,397 women without such disorders revealed that the incidence of end-stage renal disease was 14-fold higher in the hypertensive cohort, with particular risk conferred upon women who had preeclampsia or eclampsia rather than gestational hypertension only. I-Kuan Wang, MD, of the China Medical University Hospital in Taichung, Taiwan, and coauthors also found that the incidence of chronic kidney disease was almost 11-fold higher for the women with hypertensive disorders, according to a report in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

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