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  Table Source: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Task Force on Hypertension in Pregnancy, author. Hypertension in pregnancy/developed by the Task Force on Hypertension in Pregnancy.
of young, females of color is obvious. There is opportunity to effect change in this unfortunate mortality trend by focusing on earlier screening
of women with hypertensive pregnancy disorders and persistent modifiable lifestyle risk factors. I am standing on my soap box a la Hillary Clinton and shouting, “Public health is women’s health and women’s health is public health.”
Women with preeclampsia should be considered to have an abnormal “stress test” and be referred
to an internist, family practitioner or postpartum heart program for screening of chronic hypertension and other components of the metabolic syndrome. Although clinical guidelines differ, this screening should likely continue annually. With continued rollbacks of the Affordable Care Act and decreased funding for Medicaid, we will need to be vigilant of how a lack of postpartum insurance coverage will affect access to these much-needed preventive services for this vulnerable population.•
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