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What kind of doctor treats preeclampsia?
An obstetrician-gynecologist (OB-GYN) who provides prenatal care may also treat a woman with preeclampsia. In some case a high-risk OB-GYN specialist may be consulted. Some health-care professionals who care for pregnant women may treat preeclampsia.
When should I seek medical care for preeclampsia?
Seek medical care if you are pregnant and you:
Elevated blood pressure is the usual finding that indicates mild preeclampsia, and is considered to occur when the blood pressure is equal to 140/90 on two measurements, at least six hours apart without any evidence of organ damage.
Markedly elevated blood pressure often exists with severe preeclampsia, and is considered to occur when blood pressure measures at or above 160/110 twice, at least six hours between measurements; also there are other criteria that suggest severe preeclampsia (for example, pulmonary edema, severe proteinuria, oliguria (decreased urine flow), liver damage, and others).
How is preeclampsia diagnosed?
If a woman experiences any of the above symptoms call the health care practitioner immediately and expect to go to the office or hospital. If the patient has their own blood pressure device at home, report this reading to the physician. However, do not substitute a home blood pressure reading for a physician visit.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/7/2015
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