Heart attacks during pregnancy on the rise across the country

Posted at 8:18 AM, Sep 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-10 09:18:43-04

A Mayo Clinic study shows that heart attacks during pregnancy are up 25 percent since 2002.

There are many factors that play into this sharp rise, mostly due to the high obesity rates.

"We have an obesity epidemic. We have sicker moms, we have patients that have diabetes, obesity, heart disease risk factors and these things aren't being recognized before they get pregnant and people walk into pregnancy with these risk factors," Dr. Diana Racusin, a maternal-fetal medicine physician, told KPRC.

High blood pressure in mothers also plays a role in the heart attack rates.

The symptoms of a heart attack also coincide with the symptoms of pregnancy such as dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. This makes the diagnosis of one or even realizing you are having one very tricky. 

Maternal mortality rate in Texas also rose.