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.
- 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
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
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