If a woman experiences any of the above symptoms call the health care
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.
- Be sure to review all of symptoms and concerns
with your health care professional. The health care professional should check
the patient's blood pressure, weight,
and urine at every office visit.
- If the health care professional suspects that the patient has preeclampsia,
he or she will order blood tests to check the platelet count, liver function,
and kidney function. They will also check a urine sample in the office or
possibly order a 24-hour urine collection to check for protein in the urine.
These results of the blood tests should be available within 24 hours (if sent
out), or within several hours if performed at a hospital.
- The well-being of the baby should be checked by placing the patient on a fetal
monitor. Further tests may include nonstress testing, biophysical profile
(ultrasound), and an ultrasound to measure the growth of the baby (if it has not
been done within the previous 2-3 weeks).
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