Presented by the American Heart Association (AHA)

Brief Description of Topic and Sub-Topics:

Pregnancy is a critical period where both women and their offspring are vulnerable to metabolic changes that impact cardiovascular health over time. Additionally,pregnancy offers a window where women may be more likely to engage in interventions targeting improved cardiometabolic health for themselves and their offspring.

Target Audience:

  • Clinicians who care for pregnant women who are overweight or obese
  • Others with an interest in reviewing the pathophysiologic mechanisms by which excess adipose tissue impacts pregnancy outcomes and cardiovascular risk of women and offspring

Educational Objectives:

After attending this session, each participant should be able to accomplish the following:

  • Provide a brief summary of the cardio-metabolic effects of pregnancy for both women and offspring
  • List a minimum of two mechanisms by which obesity in pregnancy impacts cardio-metabolic outcomes for women and their offspring
  • Summarize key evidence from 1-2 studies that demonstrate how optimal cardio-metabolic health during pregnancy promotes cardiovascular health across the life course
  • Summarize current evidence on cardiovascular outcomes for women and offspring from interventions designed to minimize gestational weight gain

1:30pm How Can We Prevent the Impact of Excess Gestational Weight Gain on Cardiometabolic Risk?
Marie-France Hivert, MD MMSc
2:00pm The Role of Maternal Nutrition in Pregnancy and Future Cardiovascular Outcomes.
Deirdre Tobias, ScD
2:30pm How Do We Target Gestational Diabetes to Reduce Cardiometabolic Risk?
Erica Gunderson, PhD MPH MS RD
3:00pm Adjourn