Preeclampsia as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease later in life: validation of a preeclampsia questionnaire

Courtenay L. Diehl, Brian C. Brost, Marie C. Hogan, Ahmad A. Elesber, Keneth P. Offord, Stephen T. Turner, Vesna D. Garovic

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Abstract

Objective: This study was undertaken to validate a self-administered questionnaire in verifying the diagnosis of preeclampsia, eclampsia, or toxemia in a group of women with a greater than 20-year history of preeclampsia. Study Design: Questionnaires were mailed to a random sample of 144 women who received a diagnosis of any of these 3 conditions and 158 women who had normotensive pregnancies at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, from 1960-1979. Results: A previous diagnosis of preeclampsia, eclampsia, or toxemia was verified with 80% sensitivity and 96% specificity. Conclusion: Our validated questionnaire may be a useful research tool in identifying women with a previous history of preeclampsia. Women with a history of preeclampsia had a higher prevalence of future hypertension than those with a history of normotensive pregnancy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e11-e13
JournalAmerican journal of obstetrics and gynecology
Volume198
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2008

Keywords

  • eclampsia
  • preeclampsia
  • questionnaire
  • toxemia
  • validation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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