Salt Helps In High Risk Pregnancies

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Pregnancy Disorder Preeclampsia

Consuming too much salt may not be good for your blood pressure but too little adds to the danger of pre-eclampsia, the dangerous increase in blood pressure that some women experience in the latter half of pregnancy.

Pre-eclampsia is one of the most common causes of maternal and fetal mortality in the developed world, says Dr. Phillip A. Marsden, Heart and Stroke Foundation Career Investigator. Dr. Marsden is one of many GTA based-researchers receiving funding from the Heart and Stroke Foundation for groundbreaking projects. On October 15th at 3 p.m., these achievements will be celebrated at the Bank of Montreal Institute for Learning, 3550 Pharmacy Avenue, Scarborough, Ontario (416 490 4300).

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"We need to increase public awareness about pre-eclampsia. Women should know as much about this disease as they do about the warning signs of heart disease because. One in twenty of them is going to get it," he says.

Nephrologist Dr. Marsden says that the endothelial cells of mother's body stop working properly in this disease. These are the cells that line the inside of blood vessels. For instance, abnormalities of nitric oxide release from blood vessels in pregnant women is a prime suspect in pre-eclampsia. Nitric oxide is key to regulating oxygen and nutrient delivery in the womb, which is essential to the developing baby. Lack of nitric oxide can cause soaring blood pressure, blood clotting, derangements of salt metabolism and kidney damage.

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Dr. Marsden has a vested interest in pre-eclampsia because he was a

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