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Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2008 May;198(5):e11-3. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2007.09.038. Epub 2008 Feb 1.

Preeclampsia as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease later in life: validation of a preeclampsia questionnaire.

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  • 1Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study was undertaken to validate a self-administered questionnaire in verifying the diagnosis of preeclampsia, eclampsia, or toxemia in a group of women with a greater than 20-year history of preeclampsia.

STUDY DESIGN:

Questionnaires were mailed to a random sample of 144 women who received a diagnosis of any of these 3 conditions and 158 women who had normotensive pregnancies at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, from 1960-1979.

RESULTS:

A previous diagnosis of preeclampsia, eclampsia, or toxemia was verified with 80% sensitivity and 96% specificity.

CONCLUSION:

Our validated questionnaire may be a useful research tool in identifying women with a previous history of preeclampsia. Women with a history of preeclampsia had a higher prevalence of future hypertension than those with a history of normotensive pregnancy.

PMID:
18241822
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