PHE Scientific Advisor Anupam Jena, coauthor of a new study on preeclampsia in the September issue of American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, discussed the study’s findings and the growing economic impact of the condition with the Orlando Sentinel’s Amelia Cheatham.

The study by Jena and colleagues found that preeclampsia increases the probability of an adverse event for mothers and infants and lowers the gestational age. The authors estimated preeclampsia cost the US healthcare system an additional $2.18 billion above the usual maternal and infant costs in 2012. PHE’s study sheds light on an important health factor during pregnancy. “We don’t really know much about how preeclampsia impacts both the short-term and long-term health of mothers and their infants on a national scale,” Jena said.

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