Vascular Health After Preeclampsia

What is the mechanism behind the increased risk for cardiovascular and renal diseases in women who have previously suffered from early-onset preeclampsia? Listen as Associate Editor Robert Hester (University of Mississippi Medical Center) interviews lead author Anne Marijn van der Graaf (University of Groningen Medical Center) and content expert Ira Bernstein (University of Vermont Medical Center) about the clinical study by van der Graaf and colleagues, which compared the arterial stiffness of healthy women with a history of preeclamptic pregnancy to healthy women with no preeclamptic pregnancy history after low sodium and high sodium diets. Were formerly preeclamptic women able to adjust their arterial stiffness after eating a low sodium diet? What is the role of vessel wall function and the glycocalyx as markers of vascular stiffness? Listen and find out.

Anne Marijn van der Graaf, Nina D. Paauw, Tsjitske J. Toering, Martin Feelisch, Marijke M. Faas, Thomas R. Sutton, Magdalena Minnion, Joop D. Lefrandt, Sicco A. Scherjon, Arie Franx, Gerjan Navis, A. Titia Lely Impaired sodium-dependent adaptation of arterial stiffness in formerly preeclamptic women: the RETAP-vascular study Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol, published June 1, 2016. DOI: 10.1152/ajpheart.00010.2016

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