n Cardiovascular Journal of Africa - Assessing perinatal depression as an indicator of risk for pregnancy-associated cardiovascular disease : review articles
|Article Title||Assessing perinatal depression as an indicator of risk for pregnancy-associated cardiovascular disease : review articles|
|© Publisher:||Clinics Cardive Publishing|
|Journal||Cardiovascular Journal of Africa|
|Affiliations||1 University of Cape Town, 2 University of Cape Town, 3 University of Cape Town, 4 University of the Witwatersrand, 5 Medical Research Council South Africa, 6 University Hospital of Saarland, Germany, 7 University Hospital of Saarland, Germany and 8 University Hospital of Saarland, Germany|
|Publication Date||Mar 2016|
|Pages||119 - 122|
|Keyword(s)||Cardiovascular disease in pregnancy, Depression in pregnancy and Peripartum cardiomyopathy|
Cardiovascular conditions associated with pregnancy are serious complications. In general, depression is a well-known risk indicator for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Mental distress and depression are associated with physiological responses such as inflammation and oxidative stress. Both inflammation and oxidative stress have been implicated in the pathophysiology of CVDs associated with pregnancy. This article discusses whether depression could represent a risk indicator for CVDs in pregnancy, in particular in pre-eclampsia and peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM).
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