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Statins 'cut C-section risk'

18th June 2008

Researchers from the University of Liverpool have suggested that taking cholesterol-lowering statins may help minimise the risk of an emergency Caesarean.

They say that high cholesterol levels may weaken contractions enough during labour to rule out a natural delivery after a study of 4,000 pregnancies found overweight women were far more likely to need an emergency Caesarean because of a slow labour. The team suggested that the drugs – used to cut the risk of heart disease – be given to women in the final three months of pregnancy to reduce their cholesterol level.

 

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