January 3, 2019
Study Shows that Control of Heart Health Can Improve Pregnancy Outcomes in Women with Lupus
A new study reveals that women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) that maintain body mass index (BMI), total cholesterol and blood pressure (BP) within the recommended ideal range prior to pregnancy can have improved pregnancy outcomes. The data reviewed preconceptional cardiovascular (CV) health, measured by American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines, to draw this conclusion. Ideal CV health is associated with lower odds of preterm birth and small for gestational age (SGA) outcomes, underscoring the importance of CV health prior to women with SLE becoming pregnant.