Smart Woman: Daily Low Dose Aspirin Recommended For Women With Preeclampsia

Published 04/07 2014 06:16PM

Updated 04/07 2014 06:32PM

Women with preeclampsia have dangerously high blood pressure and protein in their urine after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Now the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force is recommending a low dose aspirin for women at high risk after 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Taking a low dose aspirin daily lowers the risk of preeclampsia by 24 percent, and lowers the risk of pre-term birth by 14 percent. The recommendation is based on a review of the latest research preeclampsia is the leading cause of death in pregnant women.

Women are at high risk if they've had preeclampsia in a prior pregnancy, or if they have a history of diabetes, hypertension, or kidney disease.

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