Tests that “red flag” the early signs of heart disease in women who had high blood pressure during pregnancy could be developed by Aberdeen academics.
Pre-eclampsia is a condition marked by high blood pressure in pregnancy and signs of damage to another organs.
It is widely recognised that women who have high blood pressure during pregnancy are at increased risk of heart disease in later life.
Researchers from Aberdeen University will develop a pilot study by identifying women with and without the condition from the Aberdeen Maternity and Neonatal Databank (AMND).
The AMND has recorded all births in Aberdeen since 1950.
They hope to recruit 40 women to the study from four groups – 10 who had pre-eclampsia and now have heart disease; 10 who had pre-eclampsia and do not have heart disease; 10 who did not have the condition, but now have heart disease; and 10 who did not have pre-eclampsia and do not have heart disease.
Professor Phyo Myint, chair in old age medicine at the university, said the pilot could mark the “first steps” towards a bigger study which could see the development of “globally applicable tests” that could “save women’s lives”.