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Dr. Chad Levitt
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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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Why is there often hypertension in pregnancy?

Why is there often hypertension in pregnancy?

Fluid changes: During pregnancy there are great increases in the the volume of blood and other fluids in the body along with the increased weight. Dilitation of the blood vessels, at least in part due to the tremendous surge in hormones, allows the body to accomodate this increased volume without an increased pressure. In some woman this dilitation is not enough, vasoconstiction occurs and pressure rises. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the examples of drugs use to treat hypertension in pregnancy?

Rx: The favorable ones are those that have minimal harm to the fetus such as methyl-dopa. A thorough discussion with a physician is best , to discuss risks and potential harm to the child. ...Read more

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Im 4weeks pregnant and im suffering hypertension what should i do to avoid hypertensions on my pregnancy cycle?

Im 4weeks pregnant and im suffering hypertension what should i do to avoid hypertensions on my pregnancy cycle?

Hypertension: You should try to remain active and watch salt intake. If you have underlying hypertension though, it may be inevitable that you need treatment for hypertension. ...Read more

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I had Ges Hypertension dur 1st pregnancy. What are my chances of getting it again now that I'm pregnant again? 6 years since 1st pregnancy.

I had Ges Hypertension dur 1st pregnancy. What are my chances of getting it again now that I'm pregnant again? 6 years since 1st pregnancy.

You have: an 'increased risk" of developing gestational hypertension again HOWEVER KNOWING this can alert your OB-GYN to your "increased risk pregnancy" and EARLY TREATMENT will prevent any7 complications!!! You may be asked to visit your Health Care Provider more often...AND you CERTAINLY can start NOW limiting your SALT intake! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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What causes pregnancy induced hypertension?

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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How can you prevent hypertension during pregnancy?

Pregnancy HTN : There is no one way to prevent hypertension during pregnancy, but do your best to eat healthy, limit salt intake and exercise regularly throughout your pregnancy. Doing this will keep you healthy and lessen weight gain during the pregnancy and this will help to prevent hypertension. Also take prenatal vitamins! ...Read more

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What are the causes of pregnancy-induced hypertension?

What are the causes of pregnancy-induced hypertension?

Chronic/preeclampsia: Hypertension occurs in 3-4% pregnancies. Most times it is a reflection of essential HTN (perhaps exacerbated by wt gain and increased plasma volume). Htn occurring after 20 weeks might reflect preeclampsia and if associated neurological changes, eclampsia . Thyroid abnormalities later in pregnancy can also affect BP and cause htn. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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