Clinicians routinely watch for gestational hypertension and preeclampsia in pregnancy, common complications that can harm both mother and child. Yet isolated incidents of increased blood pressure in a woman during pregnancy rarely draw much concern. These isolated hypertensive events have no diagnostic criteria and are not routinely noted in administrative data or discharge summaries.
But research published in February in Circulation suggests that physicians and women need to recognize isolated incidents of high blood pressure, as they are associated with increased future risk for chronic conditions including cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, and diabetes mellitus (Männistö T et al. Circulation. 2013;127:681-690).
Mitka M. Any Hypertension During Pregnancy Raises Risk for Several Chronic Diseases. JAMA. 2013;309(10):971–972. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.1711
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