Overview Of Hypertension During Pregnancy

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Anna Clare Wheeler KIN 211-701 March 6, 2015 Overview of Hypertension During Pregnancy The presentation of unwarranted hypertension in any individual medically denotes recognition and should be monitored. To be recognized as “hypertension” different criteria need to be met for different individuals. According to “The Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure” a patient is considered pre-hypertensive with a systolic BP between 120-139 mmHg or a diastolic BP between 80-89 mm Hg (Chobanian, et al. 2003). For individuals older than 50 years of age, reaching a systolic BP above 140 mmHg greatly increases an individual’s risk for cardiovascular disease (Chobanian, et al. 2003). Antihypertensive drugs are often prescribed in conjunction with other therapies to keep BP within a normal range. This is necessary to protect the patient from chronic or acute effects of high blood pressure. However, the negative effects of hypertension can cause very specific detrimental issues when combined with other medical conditions. For example, during pregnancy the need to monitor the mother’s blood pressure is a key component of prenatal care due to the complex state of issues that can arise if hypertension and pregnancy are combined. There are several different presentations of hypertension during pregnancy and they all require different medical approaches. The first category for prenatal hypertension is
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