Hypertension in Pregnancy

  • Paul Lyons
Part of the Current Clinical Practice book series (CCP)


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    Hypertension in pregnancy is defined as blood pressure (BP) higher than 140 mmHg systolic or 90 mmHg diastolic on two occasions separated by at least 6 h.

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    Pregnancy-induced hypertension is defined as hypertension diagnosed at or after 20 weeks’ gestation.

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    Pre-eclampsia is a multisystem disease characterized by hypertension and proteinuria.

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    Pre-eclampsia may lead to fetal complications including preterm delivery, intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), fetal demise, and perinatal death, as well as maternal complications of seizure, stroke, and death.



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Lyons
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  1. 1.Department of Family MedicineUniversity of California, RiversideRiversideUSA

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