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Northside Hospital is bridging the gap between maternal and cardiac care.
Preeclampsia poses an immediate and all-too-common threat to pregnancy, but it is also associated with later-life cardiovascular disease in the women it affects.
Preeclampsia is the most common complication of pregnancy. It is characterized by a rise in blood pressure, large amounts of protein in the urine and swelling of the hands, feet and face. Its cause is unknown.
Northside’s Maternal Heart Health Clinic educates women about their risk factors and screens them to detect the early development of cardiovascular disease before it progresses. The clinic augments Northside’s ongoing commitment of providing expert and comprehensive care for patients with preeclampsia.
Specialists at Northside Hospital have the expertise to accurately diagnose this nuanced disorder. A multidisciplinary team of cardiologists, nurse practitioners, exercise physiologists and nutritionists work closely with perinatologists and obstetricians to treat preeclampsia and provide follow-up care and management after patients deliver.
We also look to collaborate with community physicians in the care and management of their patients.
Equipped with the right knowledge of this disorder in its early stages, our patients can lead healthy and productive lives.
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