Date of Award


Document Type

Independent Study

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Several recent studies have shown that women with a history of preeclampsia or gestational hypertension are at increased risk of developing hypertension and cardiovascular disease later in life. It is unclear whether this increased risk is due to underlying conditions in the women that predispose them to preeclampsia, or to the long-term sequelae of the preeclampsia syndrome. It is clear though that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women. There is a lack of anticipatory guidance for women regarding their future risk of cardiovascular disease following pregnancy complicated by preeclampsia. Therefore, the purpose of this project was to promote a change in clinical practice by educating health care providers about this risk. A comprehensive literature review was completed to gather evidence to guide health care provider' s delivery of care and counseling. Educational sessions were provided to appropriate health care personnel, with the anticipated outcome being the implementation of anticipatory guidance for women who are at increased risk. The importance of primary prevention strategies such as lifestyle modifications and early screening were stressed