Aug. 26, 2021

029 Pre-Eclampsia: What Every Patient Needs to Know.

029 Pre-Eclampsia: What Every Patient Needs to Know.

A detailed look at the signs and symptoms of pre-eclampsia that each patient can be on the look out for.

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Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication that affects multiple organs and is progressive. It is generally characterized by new high blood pressure and proteinuria or the new high blood pressure with significant end-organ dysfunction with or without proteinuria in the last half of pregnancy or in the postpartum period. It is important the pre-eclampsia is caught early so it does not progress to eclampsia.  Eclampsia is severe pre-eclampsia with seizures.  

Pre-eclampsia is caused by placental and maternal vascular factors and the treatment for pre-eclampsia involves delivery and the management of symptoms.  Approximately 90 percent of cases present in the late preterm (≥34 to <37 weeks), term (≥37 to <42 weeks), or postpartum (≥42 weeks) period.  

Listen in as Dr. Abdelhak walks through this over view of the signs and symptoms of pre-eclampsia each woman needs to self monitor for to avoid this severe complication of pregnancy. 

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