Placental Insufficiency and Ozone Exposures: Interactions in Driving Hypertension of Pregnancy

Project Investigator:  Ryan Ashley

Project Description:  During childbirth, women are at risk of developing high blood pressure – a condition known as preeclampsia – which can be life-threatening.  While certain genetic and dietary factors can predispose a woman to developing this condition, we really do not understand how environmental stressors can cause high blood pressure during pregnancy.  This study will consider how ozone exposure, a common air pollutant, may inhibit the early growth of the placenta, which in turn can lead to cardiovascular risks for moms.

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