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Dr. Bernard Seif
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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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7 mo postpartum. Hypertension right after birth. Resolved quickly. Now have protein in urine (0.42g/24 hr). Creatine tests normal. Possibilities?

7 mo postpartum. Hypertension right after birth. Resolved quickly. Now have protein in urine (0.42g/24 hr). Creatine tests normal. Possibilities?

Urine : You have 420mg of protein which is above normal threshold but not enough to suggest disease. The fact you have Pregnancy associated htn suggest you should follow your BP. I would recheck your urine test and would also check micro albumin urine. Future urine for protein and urine for creatinine ratio is as reliable as a 24 hr and can be used to follow progression. ...Read more

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8wk postpartum hypertension 165/123 blood in urine no infection. Referral to urologist ?? Cause lower back pain & Cesarian scar pain R side US normal

8wk postpartum hypertension 165/123 blood in urine no infection. Referral to urologist ?? Cause lower back pain & Cesarian scar pain R side  US normal

BP Rx needed: First of all, you need to have your obvious hypertension treated with medication. Secondly, have your OB GYN search for answers as to why you are still having pain 2 months post partum C/S which is not normal. The back pain may be related to the blood in your urine, wither with a urinary tract infection/pyelonephritis or a complication/cause of the hypertension. A Urologist is a good idea. ...Read more

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Post partum hypertention?

Post partum hypertention?

Postpartum hypertens: The miracle of pregnancy can sometimes be associated with complications. Hypertension could develop in the third trimester or early postpartum (after delivery) period. This can be treated with medication effectively. Half of women may remain hypertensive longterm, while the other half will return to normal blood pressure. ...Read more

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My doctor gave me medicine to decrease my post partum high blood pressure. My pressure is 125/95 now. Normal blood tests. Should I see a cardio doc?

My doctor gave me medicine to decrease my post partum high blood pressure.  My pressure is 125/95 now. Normal blood tests.  Should I see a cardio doc?

+\-: Depends...on your confidence level with your primary care physician. Sounds like you've developed essential hypertension, and it's management will depend on things like weight loss, exercise, salt restriction, and perhaps the conscientious use of BP meds. Many PCPs are gifted at effecting this treatment, but I see many such cases, particularly if they become refractory to first line therapy. ...Read more

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What cause hypertension?

Hypertension: There are several medical causes of hypertension such as renal artery stenosis, hyperthyroidism, but most often the cause is unknown often called essential hypertension. The most important factor is that you get and keep your blood pressure controlled. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Bernstein
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Recently Gave Birth (Definition)

Postpartum is a term that means after the "separation of the mother and the baby", or after ...Read more