This article was originally published by HEAnet here. It has been published here with permission.
Preeclampsia (PET) is a serious complication affecting 1 in every 10 pregnancies. PET is a pregnancy complication characterised by high blood pressure and damage to other organs. Annually, preeclampsia claims the lives of 50,000 mothers and 500,000 babies, making it one of the world’s deadliest pregnancy complications.
Even though there is a description of preeclampsia dating back to the time of ancient Egyptians, this medical condition remains difficult to diagnose. Clinicians still rely on high blood pressure and the presence of protein in the urine as possible indicators, an approach that has not changed in the last 200 years. Therefore, there is an urgent, unmet challenge to develop accurate risk stratification tools for preeclampsia.
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