This page is designed to organize content that is relevant to the topic of hypertension during pregnancy. This term is a subcategory of the more broad topic of hypertension.
WHAT EXACTLY IS IT?
Before going any farther, let us make sure we clearly define the “medical problem”. Hypertension during pregnancy refers to an elevated blood pressure in a pregnant female. This is a broad topic and can be further subdivided into the following categories.
- Hypertension during the first trimester of pregnancy
- Hypertension during the second trimester of pregnancy
- Hypertension during the third trimester of pregnancy
WHY IS IT A PROBLEM?
This vital sign abnormality can be the sign of a serious underlying pathology.
ORGANIZING THE DIFFERENTIAL
The differential diagnosis for hypertension during pregnancy can be organized in a few different ways:
- Can’t miss diagnosis
- Organ systen
- Disease category
- Diagnostic modality
- Most common diagnosis
Now that the possible causes of hypertension during pregnancy have been established, the focus can shift to how one would actually “work-up” a patient who presents with hypertension during pregnancy.
- Collecting the history
- Performing the physical
- Ordering studies/tests
- Intrepreting clinical data
The treatment of hypertension during pregnancy may vary depending on the etiology of the condition, and is elaborated upon more below:
- Overview of treatments
Page Updated: 12.04.2016