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THE

DANGEROUS
PREGNANCY
Preeclampsia poses a threat
to women's heart health

ILLUSTRATIONS BY GETTY IMAGES

BY DANA JOHNSON

W

hen Amy Urban gave
birth to her first child, like
most parents, her biggest
focus was her new baby.
But in the days after her
son's arrival, Urban's blood pressure became
dangerously high. After arriving at the

emergency department, tests revealed that
Urban had postpartum preeclampsia.
Preeclampsia is the most common complication of pregnancy-characterized by a rise
in blood pressure, large amounts of protein in
the urine, and swelling of the hands, feet and
face. Its cause is unknown. For many women,
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