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Heart attacks during pregnancy on the rise

HOUSTON, TX (September04, 2018)

There is a 25 percent increase in heart attacks among pregnant women since 2002, according to one Mayo Clinic study. Doctors say it's important to recognize the symptoms, but they're often hard to identify. Dr. Diana Racusin, a maternal-fetal medicine physician at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, who also sees patients at UT Physicians and Memorial Hermann, said due to more women coming into pregnancy with high blood pressure, obesity and older age, there is a higher risk of heart attacks happening in those cases.

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