Woman’s Doctor: Hypertension risk among pregnant women


TO HAVE AN EVALUATION. DR. ATLAS JOINS US NOW WITH MORE
INFORMATION. SO MANY THINGS A WOMAN HAS TO
THINK ABOUT WHEN PREGNANT.>>YES. I MEAN, HYPERTENSION IS ONE OF
THOSE THINGS THAT YOU DON’T EVEN
KNOW ABOUT. AND IT’S SO IMPORTANT TO GET
EVALUATED. WE TALK ABOUT PRECONCEPTION
CARE, THE NEED TO SEE A DOCTOR
BEFORE YOU THINK ABOUT GETTING
PREGNANT SO YOU GET ON THE RIGHT
MEDICATIONS, GET YOUR BLOOD
PRESSURE UNDER CONTROL SO THAT YOUR PREGNANCY CAN TURN OUT
BETTER IF YOU TAKE CARE OF
YOURSELF BEFOREHAND. JENNIFER: WHAT ARE SOME THINGS
THAT CAN HAPPEN IF YOUR BLOOD
PRESSURE GOES UP.>>THE BIGGEST THING WE WORRY
ABOUT IS PREECLAMPSIA OR TOXEMIA
PREGNANCY. THAT CAUSES KIDNEY DISEASE, IT
CAN LEAD TO HAR HEART DISEASE,
CAN CAUSE SEIZURES AND LEAD TO
PREGNANCY OUTCOME. JENNIFER: IT CAN HAPPEN EVEN
AFTER YOU’VE HAD A BABY.>>WE SEE LOTS OF WOMEN WHO HAD
NORMAL PRESSURES AT THE TIME OF
THEIR DELIVERY, AND THEN A WEEK,
TWO WEEKS LATER ARE COMING IN
WITH SEVERE HYPERTENSION. JENNIFER: THIS IS SCARY, BECAUSE
YOU DON’T OFTEN THINK OF THAT
HAPPENING AFTER YOU’VE HAD THE
BABY. YOU THINK ONCE YOU’VE HAD THE
BABY, YOU’RE IN THE CLEAR. THAT IS NOT ALWAYS THE CASE.>>IT IS NOT. JENNIFER: WHAT ARE SYMPTOMS TO
WATCH OUT FOR?>>THE BIGGEST SYMPTOMS WE LOOK
FOR OR HEADACHES, WHAT WE CALL
EPIGASTRIC PAIN, RIGHT UPPER
QUADRANT PAIN. WE LOOK AT VISUAL CHANGES AND
JUST NOT FEELING WELL. IF YOU’RE NOT FEELING WELL, YOU
REALLY SHOULD SEE YOUR DOCTOR
IMMEDIATELY. JENNIFER: ALL GOOD ADVICE. THANK YOU FOR COMING IN THIS
MORNING.>>HAVE A GREAT DAY. JENNIFER: YOU

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