I'm not sure if this has ever come up on this forum but it may significant for some of us a least - and I'm afraid it's not 'good news' !
I heard a discussion today on our OZ Radio National's well-respected: 'Health Report' about the 'substantially' increased later risk for women who have had preeclampsia in pregnancy of heart disease and stroke. 'Oh dear' I sighed - not ANOTHER 'risk' - having had this condition in both my pregnancies. Without going into lots of detail here those of you who had this condition (which is in about 5-10% of all pregnancies) might like to do some further research - as it seems - guess what ? - that many doctors are not very aware of this relationship. It is at least generally better understood now that research about heart disease has not been focused on the kinds of symptoms women might or might not manifest and that quite young women *can* have heart attacks without fitting the 'generally male, older, overweight, unfit' kind of profile many - even medicos still imagine.
Anyway not to alarm but a few more details from an Australian website about preeclampsia:
'Women who have had preeclampsia have three to four times the risk of high blood pressure and double the risk for heart disease and stroke. They also have an increased risk of developing diabetes. For women who had preeclampsia and delivered preterm, had low-birthweight babies, or suffered from severe preeclampsia more than once, the risk of heart disease can be even higher. While still unknown whether the risk is caused by preeclampsia or if the woman was already predisposed, these risks first emerge in the years following a complicated pregnancy.'
Sorry to be the bearer of less than 'good news'