Evaluation of chronic hypertension in pregnant young women

Authors


: Dr Carl Eagleton, Middlemore Hospital, Private Bag 93311, Hospital Road, Otahuhu, Auckland. Email: EagletC@middlemore.co.nz

Abstract

Women with chronic hypertension are at higher risk of adverse obstetric outcomes. It is essential that the condition is identified and evaluated appropriately in early pregnancy. Therefore, an audit has been carried out to assess how well young pregnant women with chronic hypertension were investigated for secondary cause in South Auckland, compared with the recommendations of the Australasian Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy.

The evaluation of chronic hypertension by history taking, physical examination, laboratory assessment and radiology tests was highly variable. Only 76% of women had appropriate follow-up for their hypertension. Screening for secondary causes was not consistent, and the majority had incomplete investigation.

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