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If I have high blood pressure, am I at higher risk of a heart attack when I am pregnant?

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Dr. Aileen Caceres
Obstetrics & Gynecology
4 doctors agree

In brief: You might be at risk

High blood pressure during pregnancy can be managed.
Before getting pregnant, it is recommended that your doctor obtain baseline evaluation of your kidneys, eyes, and heart. A well-controlled hypertensive patient can have a healthy pregnancy if problems do not arise during the pregnancy. A heart attack can occur if your blood pressure is not well controlled, and your doctor can help you with this.

In brief: You might be at risk

High blood pressure during pregnancy can be managed.
Before getting pregnant, it is recommended that your doctor obtain baseline evaluation of your kidneys, eyes, and heart. A well-controlled hypertensive patient can have a healthy pregnancy if problems do not arise during the pregnancy. A heart attack can occur if your blood pressure is not well controlled, and your doctor can help you with this.
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Dr. Rick Koch
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Uncontrolled

Hypertension with delivery can lead to coronary dissection.
..This is rare but would be most common cause of "heart attack" in young pregnant women.

In brief: Uncontrolled

Hypertension with delivery can lead to coronary dissection.
..This is rare but would be most common cause of "heart attack" in young pregnant women.
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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes - but still rare

Heart attacks during pregnancy were unheard of until 20 years ago.
Nowadays, the obesity epidemic and its associated co-morbidities (hypertension, diabetes, advanced age) have made this a legitimate concern, however its incidence is still pretty rare.

In brief: Yes - but still rare

Heart attacks during pregnancy were unheard of until 20 years ago.
Nowadays, the obesity epidemic and its associated co-morbidities (hypertension, diabetes, advanced age) have made this a legitimate concern, however its incidence is still pretty rare.
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Dr. Eric Toloza
Surgery - Thoracic
2 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly

High blood pressure increase risk of heart attack .
.. And pregnancy can increase your blood pressure even more ...

In brief: Possibly

High blood pressure increase risk of heart attack .
.. And pregnancy can increase your blood pressure even more ...
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