Preeclampsia and High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy (cont.)
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High blood pressure
If you have developed high blood pressure, you will probably not have any symptoms. It usually requires a blood pressure check with a blood pressure cuff and stethoscope to detect elevated blood pressure.
Blood pressure measured at 140/90 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) or higher is classified as high (hypertensive) and 160/110 mm Hg or higher is classified as severe.
Symptoms of preeclampsia can develop gradually or suddenly. Symptoms include:
Although you may have other symptoms, you will not be diagnosed with preeclampsia unless you also have high blood pressure or high protein in your urine. Other symptoms of mild preeclampsia may include:
In severe preeclampsia, systolic blood pressure is over 160 mm Hg, or diastolic blood pressure is over 110 mm Hg, or both.
As blood circulation to the organs decreases, more severe symptoms can develop, including:
HELLP syndrome is a life-threatening liver disorder. It is usually related to preeclampsia. Get emergency medical treatment if you have several symptoms of HELLP syndrome. Symptoms include:
Severe preeclampsia increases the risk of seizures (eclampsia).
When preeclampsia leads to seizures that are not from any other cause, it is called eclampsia. Eclampsia is life-threatening for both a mother and her fetus. During a seizure, the oxygen supply to the fetus is drastically reduced. Call
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