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.
Ultimate, Delivery. Once blood pressure starts to rise, bedrest and occassional BP lowering meds may buy time for the baby to mature but the only "cure" is delivery of the baby. Sometimes the bloodpressure goes up so fast and so severe immediate delivery is the only option. A medicine called magnesium sulfide is given to prevent mother from having a siezure.

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Acute antihypertensive therapy in pregnancy-induced hypertension: is nicardipine the answer?

Not my first choice. Nicardipine is pregnancy category c. Typically we use IV labetolol, Hydralazine and PO nidepine as first line agents. There is some data using nicardipine i v . It is alternative to other agents. I would use if other agents contraindicated or did not work. Read more...

Should I be concerned about pregnancy-induced hypertension?

Yes. In the sense that it is an issue that needs to be managed during pregnancy. Usually pregnancy induced hypertension is either preeclampsia or not. If it is preeclampsia, then you need to determine if it is mild or severe. If it is gestational hypertension then as long as your blood pressure is controlled and the baby's growth is ok, then you can deliver at 39 to 40 weeks. Read more...
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...

I'm confused please help me learn about pregnancy-induced hypertension?

Pre-eclampsia. Preeclampsia is defined as high blood pressure and excess protein in the urine after 20 weeks of pregnancy in a woman who previously had normal blood pressure. Even a slight increase in blood pressure may be a sign of preeclampsia. Left untreated, preeclampsia can lead to serious complications for both you and your baby. If you have preeclampsia, the only cure is delivery. The cause is unknown! Read more...

How do I deal with pregnancy induced hypertension after having eclampsia during my first child delivery? She is carrying another pregnancy now.

Let OB know. Today's technology is good at handling pregnancy induced hypertension, but clearly having eclampsia during your first pregnancy puts you at huge risk for the second child. Letting your OB know, making all appointments, following advice closely, and letting the OB know of any fluctuations in your condition will help the most. Also complying with any special instructions, and taking meds correctly. Read more...

What is pregnancy-induced hypertension?

High Blood Pressure. There are four types of high blood pressure (hypertension) that can occur in pregnancy: preeclampsia, chronic hypertension, preeclampsia superimposed on chronic hypertension and gestational hypertension. Please see this link for complete info: http://bit.Ly/extems. Read more...

What are the causes of pregnancy-induced hypertension?

PIH. There are four types of high blood pressure (hypertension) that can occur in pregnancy: preeclampsia, chronic hypertension, preeclampsia superimposed on chronic hypertension and gestational hypertension. Please see this link for complete info: http://bit.Ly/extems. Read more...
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...

What are the risk factors for developing pregnancy-induced hypertension?

Several. Being overweight is one of the major risk factors. Also very young or older patients are at increased risk. If you have a history of high blood pressure or if you had high blood pressure during a previous pregnancy, you are at increased risk. Eat lots of vegetables, exercise, do yoga, etc. Read more...