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Study: Rise In High Blood Pressure Among Pregnant Women

September 12, 2019


INCREASING. ADVISORY IN THE KEYS WITH THAT 10 TO 15 NOT WIND OUT OF THE EAST. WE WILL KEEP TEMPERATURES THIS ABOVE 90 WITH THE BREEZE COMING IN WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY. AND INCREASED SHOWER CHANCES RIDE, SATURDAY, AND SUNDAY. NOW TO A CBS4 HEALTH ALERT. BIG INCREASE IN HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AMONG PREGNANT WOMEN. AS CBS’S CHRIS MARTINEZ TELLS US, THE CONDITIONS IMPOSED A MAJOR HEALTH RISK FOR BOTH MOM AND FUR BABY. Reporter: SHANELL BRADLEY IS DILIGENT ABOUT CHECKING HER BLOOD PRESSURE. NOW PREGNANT WITH HER SECOND CHILD, SHE DEVELOPED HYPERTENSION DURING HER FIRST PREGNANCY. THE CONDITION CAUSED JANEL TO DELIVER FAR EARLIER THAN EXPECTED. MY FIRST DAUGHTER CAME SIX WEEKS EARLY. SHE WAS 3 POUNDS, FIVE AND HALF OUNCES. AND — Reporter: SHE IS AMONG A GROWING NUMBER OF PREGNANT WOMEN IN THE U.S. BATTLING HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE. NEW RESEARCH IN THE JOURNAL OF HYPERTENSION FINDS THE CASES OF WOMEN WITH HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE WHEN THEY BECOME PREGNANT OR WHO HAVE IT DIAGNOSED IN THE FIRST TWO TRIMESTERS HAS SEEN A 13 FOLD INCREASE OVER THE PAST FOUR DECADE. THE STUDY DEFINED HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AS A READING OF 140/90 OR HIGHER. DR. AMY FROM UCLA HEALTH SAYS THE INCREASE IS LARGELY DUE TO MORE WOMEN BECOMING PREGNANT LATER IN LIFE. AND ONCE THE CONDITION CAN CAUSE SERIOUS HEALTH RISKS. INCLUDING KIDNEY FAILURE, STROKE, AND INCREASED RISK OF STILLBIRTH. PREGNANT WOMEN WITH HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE REQUIRE EXTRA PRENATAL CARE. ULTRASOUNDS TO TRACK TO MAKE SURE THAT BABY IS GROWING UP PROBABLY. AND THE ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF THE PREGNANCY. SHANELL NOW TAKES DAILY MEDICATION KEEPS A CLOSE WATCH ON HER BLOOD PRESSURE, SHE ENCOURAGES OTHER MOMS TO BE, TO DO THE SAME. CHRIS MARTINEZ, CBS NEWS, SANTA MONICA. THE STUDY, WHICH IS PUBLISHED IN THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION THIS JOURNAL HYPERTENSION ALSO REVEALED THAT HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE DURING PREGNANCY AFFECTS BLACK WOMEN AND MORE THAN TWICE THE RATE OF

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