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How do doctors diagnose pregnancy-induced hypertension?

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Dr. Collette Dominic
Obstetrics and Gynecology 21 years experience
High blood pressure: A blood pressure over 140/90 with or without edema, excessive sudden weight gain, lab abnormalities, headache not relieved by tylenol, (acetaminophen) upper abdominal pain, vision disturbances, seizure or stroke. The most important sign is elevated blood pressure.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
By monitoring BP: Pih is so common it is part of the routine screening of all ob's. The BP is taken & urine is screened for any evidence of the disorder. If hypertension begins to show, it is treated. However, some cased come on suddenly on or near time for delivery & some require extraordinary measured for control, up to and including premature delivery to save mom's life.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

What is pregnancy-induced hypertension?

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Dr. Ruth Crystal
Obstetrics and Gynecology 27 years experience
High Blood Pressure: There are four types of high blood pressure (hypertension) that can occur in pregnancy: preeclampsia, chronic hypertension, preeclampsia superimposed on chronic hypertension and gestational hypertension. Please see this link for complete info: http://bit.Ly/extems.
A 26-year-old member asked:

Should I be concerned about pregnancy-induced hypertension?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Yes: In the sense that it is an issue that needs to be managed during pregnancy. Usually pregnancy induced hypertension is either preeclampsia or not. If it is preeclampsia, then you need to determine if it is mild or severe. If it is gestational hypertension then as long as your blood pressure is controlled and the baby's growth is ok, then you can deliver at 39 to 40 weeks.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What causes pregnancy induced hypertension?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
No one knows: There have been many theories, but no one knows what causes pregnancy induced hypertension.

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