We carry out clinical trials to study the impact of cardiovascular disease in pregnancy, and to evaluate the effects of interventions on health outcomes for both mother and child.
For example, women who have high blood pressure during pregnancy are four times more likely to go on and develop chronic high blood pressure later in life. But the SNAP-HT clinical trial research, led by University of Oxford researchers, found that when these women were taught to manage their own high blood pressure even for a short time after birth, their blood pressure was lower. The self-management intervention after birth had an effect as much as four years later, suggesting that blood pressure control straight after pregnancy has long-term effect.
Read the full studies:
- Self-Management of Postnatal Hypertension. Cairns et al. (2018). Hypertension.
- Short-Term Postpartum Blood Pressure Self-Management and Long-Term Blood Pressure Control: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Kitt JA. et al, (2021), Hypertension, 78, 469 – 479