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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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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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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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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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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 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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I understand high risk pregnancies are primarily due to advanced age. Won't healthy diet, weight, active, prior to pregnancy lessen high risk?

I understand high risk pregnancies are primarily due to advanced age. Won't healthy diet, weight, active, prior to pregnancy lessen high risk?

Many causes: Advanced age is just one of reasons many other causes are high blood pressure, diabetes, small pelvis, family history of congenital malformations, bleeding, hiv, genital herpes , multiple pregnancies and many other reasons healthy diet weight active life does help and can not prevent high risk pregnancies. ...Read more

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Sudden weight gain, absence of period, high blood pressure. Pregnant toxemic?

Sudden weight gain, absence of period, high blood pressure. Pregnant toxemic?

Can be a start of...: Weight gain and absence of periods are signs of pregnancy. Hypertension of pregnancy is common but not necessarily toxic. Toxemia of pregnancy involves hypertention, protein in urine, leg edema, and in severe cases liver trouble, seizure etc..Which require emergency care. I would consult doc for eval as soon as feasible. Check a hpt for quick result! good luck. ...Read more

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Does high birth weight pregnancy increase the risk for diabetes later in life?

Does high birth weight pregnancy increase the risk for diabetes later in life?

YES!: Birth weight over 4 kilos or 9 lb increases the likelihood that the mother will develop overt diabetes outside of pregnancy. Diet and exercise to decrease your weight for height can avert this dire complication. ...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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Could excessive weight gain during pregnancy increase childhood obesity risk?

Could excessive weight gain during pregnancy increase childhood obesity risk?

Yes: Surprisingly, a new study revealed that moms who gained excessive amounts during their pregnancies tended to have children who battled their own obesity issues. The causes were unclear, but, of course, genetics did seem to play a contributing role. The take-home message? Childhood obesity does start before birth. ...Read more

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Are there side effects during the 1-hr glucose challenge test for gestational diabetes?

Are there side effects during the 1-hr glucose challenge test for gestational diabetes?

No long lasting: Some people feels nauseated, slightly sick but no long lasting effects. ...Read more

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Can smoking marijuana before pregnancy cause any complications while pregnancy?

Can smoking marijuana before pregnancy cause any complications while pregnancy?

It certainly might: It appears that exposure to marijuana during embryonic/fetal development can cause behavior problems. Exactly when during development the danger happens is unknown but we do know that marijuana substances can stay in your body for quite some time even after you stop. Why subject your children to such risk? Besides all this, smoking *anything* puts carbon monoxide and other poisons in your body. ...Read more

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Can smoking during pregnancy cause a miscarriage?

Can smoking during pregnancy cause a miscarriage?

Don't smoke!: Smoking has many negative effects on the the baby's well-being. It has been associated with increased miscarriages, stillbirth, premature labor, low birth weight, and problems with the placenta (placenta previa and abruption). If you are pregnant, avoid smoking for your health and the baby's. ...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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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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Can chronic stress cause preclampsia with a previos normal pregnancy?

Can chronic stress cause preclampsia with a previos normal pregnancy?

PreecLampsia : there is no relationship between preeclampsia and emotional stress as a causal agent - although I imagine that preeclampsia certainly can cause stress. ...Read more

Dr. Krishna Kumar
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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