Sometimes called toxemia or pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH), preeclampsia is a disorder characterized by high blood pressure, swelling, and protein in the urine of an expectant mother. Usually diagnosed in the second or third trimester, preeclampsia can lead to serious complications for the mother, including renal or liver failure, cardiovascular issues in the future, and eclampsia late in the pregnancy.
Preeclampsia poses serious risk to both mother and child. Not only is it responsible for 18 percent of maternal deaths in the U.S., it also accounts for 15 percent of all premature births, according to the Preeclampsia Foundation. Unfortunately, the cause of preeclampsia is unknown but there are known risk factors such as high blood pressure, obesity, age, family history and more (WebMD).
While the only cure for preeclampsia is to give birth, there is a promising study by Wright and Nicolaides showing that aspirin might delay the development. They looked into data to support what is known as the delay hypothesis; that with aspirin there would be less pre-term preeclampsia cases, which results in higher numbers of term-preeclampsia because aspirin delayed the onset. The results the researchers found from the Aspirin for Evidence Based Preeclampsia Prevention trial was consistent with what they expected to find.
“Within the framework of the aspirin-related delay hypothesis, the effect of aspirin was to delay the gestational age at delivery with preeclampsia by an estimated 4.4 weeks” starting at 24 weeks, with the effect decreased by .23 weeks for each week after (Wright et al, 2019).
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