Melissa L Swansburg

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BACKGROUND Preeclampsia during pregnancy increases a woman's risk of cardiovascular disease in two ways. Women who develop preeclampsia are at increased risk for the development of hypertension and cardiovascular disease later in life. As well, fetal adaptations (e.g., growth restriction) may lead to the development of cardiovascular risk factors (e.g.,(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to prospectively assess physical and biochemical cardiovascular risk markers in women who had developed preeclampsia (PE) at 1 year postpartum. STUDY DESIGN Following an overnight fast, previously PE (n = 70) and normotensive women (n = 70) had weight and blood pressure recorded and levels of morning blood for(More)
Fetal speech and language abilities were examined in 104 low-risk fetuses at 33-41 weeks gestational age using a familiarization/novelty paradigm. Fetuses were familiarized with a tape recording of either their mother or a female stranger reading the same passage and subsequently presented with a novel speaker or language: Studies (1) & (2) the alternate(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare fetal heart rate (HR) response to the mother's voice in pregnancies complicated by preeclampsia with those of fetuses in uneventful, normotensive pregnancies. METHOD Fifty fetuses (n = 22, preeclampsia; n = 28, uneventful, normotensive pregnancies) between 32 and 40 weeks gestational age were recruited. Each fetus was presented with a(More)
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