High blood pressure risks higher while pregnant

October 18, 2013 1:29:15 PM PDT
Pregnant women regularly see their doctors but there are some risks that remain long after a child is delivered, when women see their doctors less frequently.

High blood pressure is the most common medical problem pregnant women face affecting up to 3 percent of all pregnancies.

A new report shows women who have severe high blood pressure while pregnant have a 40 percent higher long term risk of stroke.

Those women are urged to cut back on salt, eat fresh fruits and vegetables, exercise and keep up with doctors' visits.