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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104


This study will evaluate the differences in cardiovascular parameters between women with severe preterm preeclampsia and those without preeclampsia using echocardiography and maternal blood. The investigators will also look at associations of abnormal cardiovascular findings and immediate complications among a high risk cohort of pregnant African American women.

Study summary:

This will be a prospective cohort study. Exposed cases will be admitted to the inpatient obstetrical unit (labor & delivery or antepartum unit) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania with concern for severe preterm preeclampsia. Unexposed controls will be matched by gestational age and other clinical factors and will be obtained from the outpatient setting (Helen O Dickens clinic or Penn ObGyn Associates at 3701 Market Street). The investigators will compare cardiovascular risk factors between these two groups.


Exposed cases: Inclusion Criteria: - African American women who are admitted to the obstetrical unit with a concern for severe preeclampsia. Patients must be preterm (23-36 6/7 weeks) with a live singleton gestation and at least 18 years old. Women will baseline chronic hypertension and women on magnesium will be included. Exclusion Criteria: - Non-African American women, and African women with concern for severe preeclampsia who are admitted 23 weeks or 37 weeks. Women in labor will be excluded. Women with preexisting cardiovascular disease and women who are current smokers will be excluded. Unexposed controls: Inclusion Criteria: - African American women obtaining prenatal care in our outpatient setting who meet matching criteria as noted above. Exclusion Criteria: - Non-African American women and women who are not receiving care at our institution. - All women who do not speak English and who are unable to be consented will be excluded.



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Lisa Levine, MD

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Location Contact:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: January 21, 2020

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