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Dr. Rick Koch
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Gestational Hypertension (Overview)

BP at 140/90 at 20 wks pregnancy with no other signs of kidney involvement. Benign condition if nothing else happens, but can worsen to serious condition of pre-eclampsia in many cases. Needs to be monitored carefully and frequently!


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What are the factors that make it more likely to get gestational hypertension?

What are the factors that make it more likely to get gestational hypertension?

Hypertension: First pregnancies, excessive weight gain, history of chronic kidney disease, chronic hypertension, auto-immune disorders, multiple pregnancies, diabetes are just some of the risk factors for the condition. If you have any of the above, it is important to be under close supervision of your obstetrician/perinatologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Rick Koch
150 doctors shared insights

Gestational Hypertension (Overview)

BP at 140/90 at 20 wks pregnancy with no other signs of kidney involvement. Benign condition if nothing else happens, but can worsen to serious condition of pre-eclampsia in many cases. Needs to be monitored carefully and frequently!


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What are the most common symptoms of gestational hypertension?

Almost none: Rarely mild headaches and pop up noises in your ear. Mostly you dont feel a thing, thats why is really important to keep your appt with your ob/gyn and have your blood pressure checked every appointment. ...Read more

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Managing High Blood Pressure (Tip)

Managing High Blood Pressure

Hypertension sometimes means something else is at play. One common missed diagnosis is sleep apnea. ...See more

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Managing Gestational Diabetes (Checklist)

Attend a diabetic counseling and nutrition class
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Ask about fetal monitoring and biophysical profiles
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I am 34 weeks pregnant and was diagnosed with gestational hypertension, which my doctors say is not as bad as preeclampsia?

I am 34 weeks pregnant and was diagnosed with gestational hypertension, which my doctors say is not as bad as preeclampsia?

OB hypertension: Hypertension in pregnancy can lead "pre-eclampsia" as it is one of the components which also include a syndrome of elevated blood platelets, pedal edema, and decreased kidney filtration etc. You will need to be examined more frequently by your OB md during this pregnancy. ...Read more

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What are the tests for gestational hypertension?

What are the tests for gestational hypertension?

Tests 4 HTN Preg: 50 asks what are tests for gestational HTN? 1. Measure BP carefully and correctly regularly as pregnancy. The only way to dx it is to measure the BP correctly. 2. To see if it is damaging you kidneys your team will check your urine protein. Very simple. So just get into a regular care system and follow the guidelines. ...Read more

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Managing High Blood Pressure (Tip)

Managing High Blood Pressure

Daily exercise is one of the best things for high blood pressure. ...See more

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Can gestational hypertension cause heart failure?

Can gestational hypertension cause heart failure?

Yes: Heart failure for the fetus and seizures with heart failure in mothers. ...Read more

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How can I treat gestational hypertension?

How can I treat gestational hypertension?

Follow a diet: The first thing to do for gestational diabetes is follow the dietary advice given to you by your doctor. You will be monitored for how your body responds to the diet. If your blood sugars remain high, an oral diabetic agent or Insulin may be required to keep your blood sugar as normal as possible. ...Read more

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Managing High Blood Pressure (Tip)

Managing High Blood Pressure

Do decrease the amount of sodium in your diet! ...See more

Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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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