Hypertension is killing pregnant mothers. Blood pressure monitoring can help. [PODCAST]

By | July 20, 2021

“Hypertensive disorders with onset during pregnancies are among the leading causes of maternal and infant mortality and morbidity in the U.S. and can have far-reaching consequences for the long-term health of the mother and child.

In Dr. Jerome Adams’ recent Call to Action to recognize and address hypertension control as a public health priority, the former Surgeon General referenced the success of health care providers who have promoted shared management of hypertension through self-measured blood pressure monitoring (SMBP), empowering patients through blood pressure (BP) management and goal setting.

It’s not an unusual recommendation— SMBP is well accepted in primary care for managing hypertension — but its use in pregnancy has not been routine. That’s beginning to change for several reasons.”

Lauren Demosthenes is an obstetrician-gynecologist.

She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, “Hypertension is killing pregnant mothers. Blood pressure monitoring can help.

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