Diagnostic Tests for Gestational hypertension


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Tests and diagnosis discussion for Gestational hypertension: Gestational hypertension is defined as a blood pressure elevation detected for the first time after midpregnancy, and is distinguished from preeclampsia by the absence of proteinuria. The category of gestational hypertension is a nonspecific working diagnosis, which includes women who will proceed to satisfy diagnostic criteria for preeclampsia, as well as those who never develop proteinuria and whose blood pressure returns to baseline following pregnancy and women with increased blood pressure prior to pregnancy masked by the tendency of blood pressure to decrease in early pregnancy. Gestational hypertension is a working diagnosis only during pregnancy. If proteinuria develops and the hypertension resolves after the pregnancy, the diagnosis is changed to preeclampsia. If elevated blood pressure persists, chronic hypertension is diagnosed. In the absence of other factors, the diagnosis is termed transient hypertension of pregnancy. 1

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1. excerpt from REPORT of the WORKING GROUP on RESEARCH on HYPERTENSION DURING PREGNANCY: NHLBI

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