Another project that MRH had embarked on is a research project and below is a summary of the project.
For this particular project a grant of $10,000.00 was realized from AWDF (African Women’s Development Fund)
Post-partum sequelae of the hypertensive diseases of pregnancy.
1. To determine what proportion of women with hypertension in pregnancy have elevated blood pressures (> 140/90 mm Hg) and significant proteinuria, 6 weeks, 6 months and 1 year after delivery.
2. To determine what risk factors are associated with a persistently elevated blood pressure 6 months to 1 year after delivery?
3. To determine potentially predisposing factors for the development of non-pregnant cardiovascular disease (e.g. stroke, heart attack), such as plasma creatinine, urinary albumin:creatinine ratio, plasma insulin/glucose ratio, lipid profile, (i.e. LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, triglycerides), total homocysteine and plasma renin activity. Anthropometric data such as body mass index (BMI), waist-hip ratio, waist circumference of the mother, and weight, height and head circumference of the baby will also be studied.