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Potentially increasing rates of hypertension in women of childbearing age and during pregnancy--be prepared!

Moodley J - Cardiovasc J Afr (2011 Nov-Dec)

Bottom Line: It is also likely that the increasing number of young women with essential hypertension who become pregnant will develop pregnancy-specific disorders such as pre-eclampsia.Health professionals should be aware of the effects of hypertension in women during the childbearing years, as well as the impact of pre-eclampsia on cardiovascular disease in later life.Pre-conception counselling skills, and knowledge on the use of antihypertensives and the changes that occur during pregnancy should be added to the clinical armamentarium of all health professionals.

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Affiliation: Women's Health and HIV Research Unit, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa.

ABSTRACT
The incidence of hypertension in young women is likely to increase in the near future because of the rising rates of the metabolic syndrome, obesity and dyslipidaemia worldwide. Consequently, more women will be on antihypertensive agents, which have the potential for teratogenicity. It is also likely that the increasing number of young women with essential hypertension who become pregnant will develop pregnancy-specific disorders such as pre-eclampsia. Health professionals should be aware of the effects of hypertension in women during the childbearing years, as well as the impact of pre-eclampsia on cardiovascular disease in later life. Pre-conception counselling skills, and knowledge on the use of antihypertensives and the changes that occur during pregnancy should be added to the clinical armamentarium of all health professionals.

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Management of severe pre-eclampsia.
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Figure 4: Management of severe pre-eclampsia.

Mentions: Figs 3 and 4 summarise clinical management and may be useful for general practitioners, obstetricians and physicians. Ideally, such patients should be managed in referral centres, staffed by experts in hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.


Potentially increasing rates of hypertension in women of childbearing age and during pregnancy--be prepared!

Moodley J - Cardiovasc J Afr (2011 Nov-Dec)

Management of severe pre-eclampsia.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Show All Figures
getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC3721820&req=5

Figure 4: Management of severe pre-eclampsia.
Mentions: Figs 3 and 4 summarise clinical management and may be useful for general practitioners, obstetricians and physicians. Ideally, such patients should be managed in referral centres, staffed by experts in hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.

Bottom Line: It is also likely that the increasing number of young women with essential hypertension who become pregnant will develop pregnancy-specific disorders such as pre-eclampsia.Health professionals should be aware of the effects of hypertension in women during the childbearing years, as well as the impact of pre-eclampsia on cardiovascular disease in later life.Pre-conception counselling skills, and knowledge on the use of antihypertensives and the changes that occur during pregnancy should be added to the clinical armamentarium of all health professionals.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Women's Health and HIV Research Unit, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa.

ABSTRACT
The incidence of hypertension in young women is likely to increase in the near future because of the rising rates of the metabolic syndrome, obesity and dyslipidaemia worldwide. Consequently, more women will be on antihypertensive agents, which have the potential for teratogenicity. It is also likely that the increasing number of young women with essential hypertension who become pregnant will develop pregnancy-specific disorders such as pre-eclampsia. Health professionals should be aware of the effects of hypertension in women during the childbearing years, as well as the impact of pre-eclampsia on cardiovascular disease in later life. Pre-conception counselling skills, and knowledge on the use of antihypertensives and the changes that occur during pregnancy should be added to the clinical armamentarium of all health professionals.

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Related in: MedlinePlus