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Pregnancy and Blood Pressure

High blood pressure during pregnancy is defined as pressure ≥ 140/90 or an increase in systolic pressure ≥ 30 mmHg or an increase in diastolic pressure ≥ 15 mmHg. Gestational hypertension occurs after the 20th gestational week. The definition of pre-eclampsia includes both increased blood pressure and proteinuria simultaneously after the 20th gestational week. For the diagnosis of pre-eclampsia proteinuria must be 0.5 g/day Salt restriction and rest is the primary line of management.Antihypertensives are prescribed when the diastolic pressure is 100 mmHg or more.In cases of diabetes or disease of the kidneys medication is often prescribed at lower blood pressures.


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