Craig D Steinback


Current evidence suggests that during disordered pregnancies (e.g. gestational hypertension, gestational diabetes, etc), part of the nervous system responsible for cardiovascular function (the sympathetic nervous system) is hyperactive. Yet, we know very little about why this occurs and how this might be treated. This is important because hyperactivity of the sympathetic nervous system is observed in other clinical populations and has been linked to adverse cardiovascular health outcomes including hypertension, atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke. There is additional evidence that pregnancy related complications influence the development of future cardiovascular disease in not only the mother but also the child. It is hoped that understanding the mechanisms involved in sympathetic nervous system activation and regulation may lead to novel preventative strategies to improve pregnancy outcomes and mitigate chronic disease risk.

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September 24, 2021

Women’s health research spotlight: Craig Steinback

As an exercise physiologist in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, Craig Steinback researches blood pressure-related illnesses during pregnancy.

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May 15, 2020

The heart of a healthy pregnancy

A University of Alberta research team believes risky pregnancy complications could be prevented with a prescription for exercise.

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