Association between Low Urban Neighborhood Greenness and Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy

Urban neighborhood greenness is associated with various health benefits for the surrounding population, such as better cardiovascular health and better pregnancy/neonatal outcomes. In particular, a team involving PISC Executive Committee member Zachary F. Meisel, MD, MPH, MA, and Senior Scholar Eugenia Catarina South, MD, MSPH, aimed to study the connection between greenness and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, which are a leading cause of maternal mortality. The study collected data from a previous study of women who received prenatal care at a single, urban, and tertiary academic medical center in Philadelphia, PA -- it then found that participants with less residential tree canopy cover were significantly more likely to have hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. The authors note that these results require further investigation into whether there is a causation, but regardless hold promise for future research into the benefits of urban neighborhood greenness.

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