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Doctor insights on: Pregnancy Induced Hypertension Pathophysiology

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Should I be concerned about pregnancy-induced hypertension?

Should I be concerned about pregnancy-induced hypertension?

Yes: This process can cause harm to the baby and kill the mother. It is something that should be closely managed with meds and followup. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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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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How do doctors diagnose pregnancy-induced hypertension?

How do doctors diagnose pregnancy-induced hypertension?

High blood pressure: A blood pressure over 140/90 with or without edema, excessive sudden weight gain, lab abnormalities, headache not relieved by tylenol, (acetaminophen) upper abdominal pain, vision disturbances, seizure or stroke. The most important sign is elevated blood pressure. ...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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How does a biophysical profile help pregnancy-induced hypertension?

Doesn't help: A biophysical profile tests how the preeclampsia is affecting the fetus ( a test of fetal well being). ...Read more

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Can pregnancy-induced hypertension have a negative effects on my baby?

Can pregnancy-induced hypertension have a negative effects on my baby?

Maybe: Preeclampsia is harmful to you and your baby and should be treated (and you should be delivered as soon as is safe). Once the baby is delivered, medications should be chosen that won't cross into the milk , if you are breast feeding. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for pregnancy-induced hypertension?

What are the treatments for pregnancy-induced hypertension?

Beta blockade : Need to assess for preeclampsia/correct electrolyte or magnesium abnormalities. Hypertension exacerbated by increased intravascular volume. Beta-blockers, diuretics, calcium channel blockers, Aldomet (methyldopate) are among the drugs of first resort. ...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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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. Stephen Scholand
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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