Hypertension in Pregnancy
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, affects about a third of adults, making it a very prevalent condition. Having high blood pressure is generally an asymptomatic silent condition, unless it’s very severe. Without symptoms, the condition is likely to go undetected and thus untreated. Coupling untreated hypertension with pregnancy can lead to disastrous outcomes for both the mother and the baby, which makes it vital to closely monitor the mother’s blood pressure throughout the pregnancy.
After listening to this AudioBrick, you should be able to:
- Explain why it is important to detect and treat hypertension during pregnancy.
- Describe the difference between chronic and gestational hypertension.
- Describe the symptoms, treatment, and potential complications of preeclampsia.
- Describe the symptoms, treatment, and potential complications of eclampsia.
- Describe the symptoms, treatment, and potential complications of HELLP syndrome.
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