Two categories of women are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease later in life: Those who experience pregnancy loss and don’t go on to have children and women who give birth to five or more children. That’s according to a study published in the Journal of Women’s Health and conducted by researchers at the University of Cambridge in England and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. These women have a higher risk for heart disease and stroke than women who have given birth to one or two children.
The researchers analyzed data on more than 8,500 women, ages 45 to 64 — self-reported information about the women’s number of pregnancies and births, as well as health service information about cardiovascular disease incidence over a 30-year period. Among study participants, 138 women reported having had a miscarriage and having no live-born children; 3,108 women had one or two live-born children; 3,126 had three or four live-born children; and 1,694 had five or more live-born children.
According to the researchers, women who experienced pregnancy loss and didn’t have children had a 64 percent higher risk of coronary heart disease and a 46 percent higher risk of heart failure than women with one or two children. Women with five or more children were 38 percent more likely to have a serious heart attack.
Sourced from: Journal of Women’s Health