What are the cardiovascular effects of eclampsia?

Updated: Apr 18, 2019
  • Author: Michael G Ross, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Ronald M Ramus, MD  more...
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Eclampsia is associated with cardiovascular derangements such as generalized vasospasm, increased peripheral vascular resistance, and increased left ventricular stroke work index. Pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP) may vary from low to elevated. Importantly, central venous pressure (CVP) may not correlate with PCWP in patients with severe preeclampsia or eclampsia. [8]


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