Prior pregnancy complications and maternal cardiovascular disease in young Korean women within 10 years after pregnancy

Geum Joon Cho, Ji Soo Um, Sa Jin Kim, Sung Won Han, Soo Bin Lee, Min Jeong Oh, Jae Eun Shin

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Background: This study aimed to compare obstetric outcomes in Korean women with and without future cardiovascular disease (CVD) within 10 years after pregnancy, and assessed whether pregnancy complications are independent risk factors, and whether the combination of pregnancy complications has an additive function for risk factors for CVD. Methods: This was a nationwide population-based study combining the database of the Korea National Health Insurance claims and National Health Screening Programs to assess preeclampsia, low birth weight (LBW), and preterm delivery as risk factors for CVD. Cox proportional hazards models was used to evaluate the risk of total CVD, ischemic heart disease (IHD), and stroke after the pregnancy complications, with adjustment for potential confounding variables. Results: Women with CVD were likely to have a higher prevalence of pregnancy complications than women without CVD. The risk of total CVD was associated with preeclampsia (adjusted hazard ratio (HR), 1.60 [95% confidence interval (CI) 1.50–1.72]), LBW (1.20 [1.12–1.28]), and preterm delivery (1.32 [1.22–1.42]), after adjustment for confounders, including cardiovascular risk factors before pregnancy. The risk estimates of pregnancy complications for IHD were higher than those for stroke. In this study, the risk of total CVD was higher in the combined presence of preeclampsia and preterm delivery (2.23 [1.57–3.17] or all three complications (2.06 [1.76–2.40]), relative to no complications. The highest HR was noted in the risk of all pregnancy complications for IHD (2.39 [1.98–2.89]). Conclusion: Preeclampsia, preterm delivery, and LBW were independently associated with CVD in young Korean women. In addition, the combination of pregnancy complications had less-than-additive effects on CVD incidence.

Original languageEnglish
Article number229
JournalBMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Dec


  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Low birth weight
  • Preeclampsia
  • Pregnancy complication
  • Preterm delivery
  • Stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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