Black women are more likely than white women to have heart problems around the time they deliver a baby according to a new study. The new findings say some young black women develop a potentially deadly weakening of the heart muscle around the time they give birth.
Symptoms of peripartum cardiomyopathy, which typically occurs in the last month of pregnancy or the first few months after delivery, include shortness of breath, particularly when lying down. The death rate is between 15% and 56%.
While 55% of the women in the study were white, 93% of the 28 women who developed peripartum cardiomyopathy were black. One of the 2 women died and another required a heart transplant. Such health concerns is why it is essential for women to have good health insurance. Medical care for these type of complications are very costly without health coverage. You should get coverage before you become pregnant as many health insurance companies will consider being pregnant a pre existing condition and may deny you coverage.
According to the study, the main factor causing the heart problems is being black. Other risk factors include high blood pressure, being unmarried, smoking during pregnancy and having more than two previous pregnancies. The best way to avoid these risk factors is through the guidance of a doctor. Affordable health insurance allows you to receive regular check-ups, screenings and other needed care.