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EHN: Lead Associated with High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy
August 10, 2009, 12:50 pm
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Aug 10, 2009

Yazbeck, C, O Thiebaugeorges, T Moreau, V Goua, G Debotte, J Sahuquillo, A Forhan, B Foliguet, G Magnin, R Slama, M-A Charles, and G Huel. 2009. Maternal blood lead levels and the risk of pregnancy induced hypertension. The “EDEN” cohort study. Environmental Health Perspectives doi: 10.1289/ehp.0800488.
Synopsis by Jonathan Chevrier, Ph.D. and Heather Patisaul, Ph.D.

A French study reports that higher lead levels measured in women halfway through their pregnancy are associated with pregnancy-induced high blood pressure.

A recent study links higher blood lead levels with high blood pressure in pregnant women, suggesting that lead exposure may increase the risk of developing hypertension during pregnancy.

All of the women in the study had blood levels below the level considered “acceptable” by most health agencies. The association suggests that the level – 10 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL) – may need to be lowered.

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