Gestational hypertension

Gestational hypertension is usually characterized by the onset of hypertension, after 20 weeks gestation, in the absence of signs or symptoms suggesting pre-eclampsia or chronic hypertension. It may be the pre-protein phase of pre-eclampsia, the return to the high blood pressure levels of essential hypertension after the normal physiological nadir of the second trimester, or the heralding of a latent hypertensive problem that will develop in later life. No matter what the underlying pathology, any woman who develops a blood pressure above 140/90 mmHg should be seen to be at risk of progression to pre-eclampsia and assessed accordingly (Walker, 2000, 2003).

Blood Pressure Health

Blood Pressure Health

Your heart pumps blood throughout your body using a network of tubing called arteries and capillaries which return the blood back to your heart via your veins. Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart beats.Learn more...

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