Hypertension is also known as high blood pressure. Healthcare professionals will use the following measures to determine your blood pressure:
Blood pressure is represented by the systolic number over the diastolic number. High blood pressure can be diagnosed if the systolic or diastolic blood pressure is elevated.
Your blood pressure is considered normal if it is 120/80 or close to that ratio. If it goes higher than that, you might have high blood pressure.
Prolonged high blood pressure puts patients at risk for aneurysm, stroke, cardiac arrest, or even kidney failure. Sudden trauma, physiological stress, or other events can cause a quick spike in blood pressure, but the typical path to hypertension is gradual over months and years.
High blood pressure frequently goes undetected without regular monitoring, and many patients are without symptoms. However, chest pains, dizziness, shortness of breath, and headache can signal hypertension in advanced stages. Therefore, periodic checks from a healthcare provider are essential – these visits can prevent a mild condition from becoming an emergent situation.
Chronic hypertension is defined as hypertension before pregnancy, whether or not the woman was on medication. Chronic hypertension is also suspected in women with high blood pressure before the 20th week of pregnancy, although the diagnosis can only be confirmed once the pregnancy is over.
Can I Get Pregnant And Have A Normal Pregnancy If I Have Hypertension?
Women with controlled, chronic hypertension can achieve pregnancy, and many go on to have a normal pregnancy. Before you try to get pregnant, talk with your doctor. If you are taking blood pressure medicine, it is important to check and see if it is safe to take while attempting to get pregnant and safe to continue during pregnancy. If your blood pressure is well-controlled, you are more likely to have positive health outcomes during pregnancy, labor, and after delivery. Women with chronic hypertension are at an increased risk of developing problems in pregnancy that can pose a risk for both the mother and the baby.
There are four major types of hypertension (high blood pressure) during pregnancy:
Women with any form of hypertension in pregnancy are at higher risk for developing preeclampsia and at greater risk for the following problems:
Because of the increased risks for both the mother and baby, women with all types of hypertension require specialized care during pregnancy. Contact Northside/Northpoint OB-GYN for specialized, state-of-the-art treatment during your pregnancy by our highly trained, experienced, and informed physicians and providers.