New mothers who give birth to babies who are full-term but small are twice as likely as other women to develop ischemic heart disease, note researchers at UTMB. Dr. Radek Bukowski,  professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UTMB, said they discovered that “pregnancies that produce small-birth-weight infants who weigh less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces may trigger long-term cardiovascular changes that increase the mothers’ risks for heart disease. (Note: This story was written by Molly Dannenmaier of UTMB’s Office of Public Affairs. Send your story ideas to