Hypertensive pregnancy disorders: current concepts.

Steven J. Wagner, Snezana Barac, Vesna D Garovic

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Abstract

Hypertensive pregnancy disorders complicate 10% of all pregnancies and cover a spectrum of conditions, namely preeclampsia, eclampsia, and chronic and gestational hypertension. Preeclampsia is a pregnancy-specific disorder clinically characterized by hypertension and proteinuria that occurs after 20 weeks of gestation. It remains a leading cause of both fetal and maternal morbidity and mortality worldwide. Traditionally, hypertensive pregnancy disorders were considered not to have any long-term impact on mothers' cardiovascular health; however, recent studies consistently have supported the role of hypertension in pregnancy as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease later in life. Therefore, improved screening, and preventive and treatment strategies may not only optimize management of hypertensive pregnancy disorders, but may have a long-term impact on women's cardiovascular events and outcomes years after the affected pregnancies. This article will provide a brief review of hypertensive pregnancy disorders and important recent discoveries regarding their pathogeneses, while focusing on current diagnostic and treatment strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)560-566
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of clinical hypertension (Greenwich, Conn.)
Volume9
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2007

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Pregnancy
Pre-Eclampsia
Hypertension
Pregnancy Induced Hypertension
Eclampsia
Maternal Mortality
Proteinuria
Cardiovascular Diseases
Mothers
Morbidity
Health
Therapeutics

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Hypertensive pregnancy disorders : current concepts. / Wagner, Steven J.; Barac, Snezana; Garovic, Vesna D.

In: Journal of clinical hypertension (Greenwich, Conn.), Vol. 9, No. 7, 07.2007, p. 560-566.

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