Pre-eclampsia (PE) is a maternal hypertensive disorder associated with elevated lifetime risk for cardiovascular disease. Microvascular dysfunction- imbalances in vasodilatory potential- has been reported in women following a pregnancy complicated by PE. Microvascular dysfunction may precede later life macrovascular dysfunction manifesting clinically as cardiovascular disease. Postpartum microvascular assessment could characterize the microvascular changes that occur after PE. This study aims to determine the extent to which PE is associated with endothelial-dependent and endothelialindependent microvascular changes in the postpartum.
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