What monitoring is needed during pregnancy for women with chronic hypertension (high blood pressure)?

Updated: Jun 12, 2018
  • Author: Michael P Carson, MD; Chief Editor: Edward H Springel, MD, FACOG  more...
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Women with chronic hypertension in pregnancy should be monitored for the development of worsening hypertension and/or the development of superimposed preeclampsia (the risk is approximately 25%). Laboratory investigations for preeclampsia should be repeated if the patient's blood pressure increases or if she develops signs or symptoms of preeclampsia (see Routine Tests).


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