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What are chances of high blood pressure later if preeclampsia?

What are chances of high blood pressure later if preeclampsia?

HPN-PREECLAMPSIA: The BP is checked after delivery to make sure mother is fine after preeclampsia. BP usually returns to normal. ...Read more

Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Hypertension (Definition)

A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure and a diastolic blood pressure. The systolic blood pressure is the maximum pressure the blood exerts on the vessels when the heart is beating. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the vessels in between heartbeats. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, begins when the systolic blood pressure remains above 140 or when the diastolic blood pressure remains above 90. Hypertension can be a result of increased blood flow through vessels or increased resistance to ...Read more


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Do you have to have high blood pressure to have preeclampsia or hellp?

Do you have to have high blood pressure to have preeclampsia or hellp?

Yes, a criteria: Preeclampsia is clinically defined as hypertention and proteinuria (protein in urine) with/out edema occuring after 20 wks of pregnancy. So, hypertention is a required component for the diagnosis. Help is severe preeclampsia involing hemolytic anemia, liver dysfuctions, and low platelet count. These are very important illnesses and follow-up with doc asap/regularly is strongly advised...Good luck. ...Read more

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Can high blood pressure due to preeclampsia affect someone later their life?

Can high blood pressure due to preeclampsia affect someone later their life?

Yes, possibly: After pregnancy, the pressure usually returns to normal and there are no long term effects. However, mothers who have high blood pressure in pregnancy are at an increased risk of developing chronic high blood pressure later in life and should be monitored regularly. ...Read more

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What are the risks of developing high blood pressure or preeclampsia again?

What are the risks of developing high blood pressure or preeclampsia again?

Many risks-"toxemia": A woman has a higher chance of developing preeclampsia if she has a history of it or hypertension, is diabetic, has certain kidney or autoimmune disease, has >1 fetus, is at an age extreme (young or midlife), etc. If she does develop preeclampsia, complications include the condition progressing to eclampsia (convulsions) or to strokes, kidney damage, bleeding, etc. ...Read more

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Could my family history influence my high blood pressure increase preeclampsia?

Could my family history influence my high blood pressure increase preeclampsia?

Too some degree: Family history does play a role in tendency towards high blood pressure. But you can exert some control over your risk by sticking to a healthy diet and staying close to your ideal body weight. ...Read more

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Can high blood pressure due to preeclampsia affect somebody for the rest of their life?

Can high blood pressure due to preeclampsia affect somebody for the rest of their life?

Excellent question!: Women with preeclampsia are at increased risk for chronic hypertension years later. Women who actually seized with eclampsia in their pregnancy show residual neurobehavioral subtle changes decades later (poor memory/focus). So, we are not telling the whole story when we say that preeclampsia is a pregnancy disorder, it has after-effects that persist long after the woman's reproductive life is over. ...Read more

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Dr. Amanda Itzkoff
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High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) (Definition)

A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure (top number) and a diastolic blood pressure (bottom number). The systolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the artery when the heart is at maximum contraction. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the artery when the heart is at maximum relaxation. Ideal blood pressure is 120/80 or lower. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is 140/90 or higher. ...Read more


Dr. Scott Keith
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Blood Pressure (Definition)

Blood pressure is a measurement of the force placed on the blood vessels and is comprised of the "systolic" pressure (the top number on a blood pressure meter) which is the peak pressure when the heart is pumping, and the "diastolic" pressure (the bottom number on a blood pressure meter) which is the pressure during the resting phase ...Read more