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Dr. Pam Yoder Dr. Yoder
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What causes pregnancy induced hypertension?

Dr. Pam Yoder Dr. Yoder
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What causes pregnancy induced hypertension?

Still a mystery: My OB chairman told us this about a famous hospital where pioneers in pregnancy worked and studied complications like toxemia. It was called chicago lying-in hospital; it evolved into labor and delivery of the u chicago medical center. Nearby is a row of plaques of famous researchers. There is one for the person who discovers the cause of preeclampsia. After all of these years, it is still empty. ...Read more

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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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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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Does pregnancy-induced hypertension cause hellp syndrome?

Does pregnancy-induced hypertension cause hellp syndrome?

No: Pih includes both gestational hypertension, which is a benign condition where the woman's blood pressure increases slightly without the associated proteinuria, edema or lab abnormalities found in pre-eclampsia. Hellp syndrome is a variant of severe pre-eclampsia characterized by hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes and low-platelets. Blood pressure may be high as well. ...Read more

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Does pregnancy-induced hypertension cause placental abruption?

Does pregnancy-induced hypertension cause placental abruption?

Yes: High blood pressure, whether present before pregnancy or whether it develops during pregnancy, does increase a woman's risk for abruption. But most women with high blood pressure never have an abruption. ...Read more

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Can a fetus develop hypotension during pregnancy?

Can a fetus develop hypotension during pregnancy?

Yes: Usually it happends when mom has a low pressure and by default the fetus does too. If the umbilical cord gets compressed there will also be poor fetal perfusion. Some medications can be tranmitted to fetus and cause hypotension and poor perfusion. If prolonged it can be disasterous to the baby. ...Read more

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Does having pulmonary hypertension while pregnant cause complications?

Does having pulmonary hypertension while pregnant cause complications?

See Cardiology, GYN: Primary pulmonary hypertension is one of the rare conditions that makes specialists in mfm and cardiology say, "don't get pregnant" some studies have shown that around half the women with it die during or shortly after pregnancy. Women should 1) see their heart specialist for regular exams and get records, 2) visit their gynecologists for birth control, 3) ask them to collaborate on care and meds. ...Read more

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What are the complications associated with pregnancy-induced hypertension?

What are the complications associated with pregnancy-induced hypertension?

Fetus & mother: Fetus: slow growth & development, prematurity, death mother: kidney disease, liver disease, anemia, bleeding, seizures, coma, death. Note: most cases are mild and can be managed very effectively. Close followup is needed with your obstetrician! ...Read more

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Can maternal diet during pregnancy influence offspring obesity risk?

Can maternal diet during pregnancy influence offspring obesity risk?

Yes! Via Epigenetics: Epigenetic changes are changes to the child's dna while still a fetus. Tehse changes are induced by the maternal diet. Increasingly epigenetic changes are being implicated in a host of common diseases occuring in offspring. These changes in the babies dna that do not involve changing the dna sequence but rather modify gene expression in children. ...Read more

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Will gestational hypertension without preeclampsia be a risk factor for delivering baby early?

Will gestational hypertension without preeclampsia be a risk factor for delivering baby early?

Monitoring: Your BP must be carefully monitored on each and every visit. Hypertension can certainly play a role in pre-eclmsia. ...Read more

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Is toxemia & preeclampsia hereditary?

Is toxemia & preeclampsia hereditary?

Familial: The pathogenic mechanisms underlying pre-eclampsia remain to be elucidated; however, immune maladaptation, inadequate placental development and trophoblast invasion, placental ischaemia, oxidative stress and thrombosis are all thought to represent key factors in the development of disease. Furthermore, all of these components have genetic factors that may be involved in the pathogenic changes. ...Read more

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How high is risk of pulmonary embolism in late pregnancy?

How high is risk of pulmonary embolism in late pregnancy?

Not very: If you don't smoke, are mobile, have no family history of clotting disorders, it's rare to see a pe. It can happen, but not so common as a truck driver or someone with cancer. ...Read more

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Is pregnancy associated with an increased risk in pulmonary embolism?

Deep vein thrombus: Weight gain edema stasis in veins obstruction of vena cava and iliac veins by weight and pressure of pregnant uterus coagulopathies of pregnancy less mobility of some folks-sedentary clots form, extend and embolize to the big filter- the lungs. ...Read more

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How is pregnancy associated with an increased risk of pulmonary embolism?

Blood clots: The main reason for the increased risk during pregnancy is the change in blood clotting. Pregnancy hormones are believed to change how the blood the clots. Reduced venous blood flow from the legs may also predispose to a blood clot that may break off and travel to the lungs i.e. Pulmonary embolism. ...Read more

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Are leaky heart valves during pregnancy linked with preeclampsia?

Are leaky heart valves during pregnancy linked with preeclampsia?

Probably yes: Preecclampsia has a long list of complications and affects multiple organ systems including heart. The symptoms generally abate after 2-3 months and require reassessment from OB for a referral to specialist as indicated. ...Read more

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Can diabetic eye disease worsen during pregnancy?

Can diabetic eye disease worsen during pregnancy?

Yes: During pregnancy there are lots of growth factor which are present. As such, diabetic changes in the eyes can develop during pregnancy and can get worse during pregnancy. It is important if you are diabetic, to have your eyes checked in the first, second, and third trimester. This will insure that if there are changes, they can be treat right away to prevent vision loss. ...Read more

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How can diabetes mellitus be a risk factor for developing atheroma?

How can diabetes mellitus be a risk factor for developing atheroma?

Definitely: Particularly if your sugar is not well controlled, diabetes can increase cv risk by a factor of 4-7x normal. Another reason to keep your glucose (and BP and lipids) normal. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Berry
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


Dr. Payam Mehranpour
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Hypertension (Definition)

Hypertension is defined as elevated blood pressure systolic over 140 and diastolic over ...Read more