611 W. Union Street
Benson, AZ 85602
(520) 586-0800

LaFrontera
member support line
1-520-279-5737
M-F 5pm-8pm
24/7 weekends/holidays

AzCH Nurse Assist Line
1-866-495-6735

NAZCARE Warm Line
1-888-404-5530



SEABHS
611 W. Union Street
Benson, AZ 85602
(520) 586-0800

AzCH Nurse Assist Line
1-866-495-6735

NAZCARE Warm Line
1-888-404-5530


powered by centersite dot net
Women's Health
Resources
Basic InformationLatest News
Depression During Menopause: How to Spot It and Treat ItPandemic Has Many Women Holding Back on Motherhood, NYC Study FindsIs Hysterectomy Always Needed for a Common, Painful Gynecologic Condition?Your State's Laws Might Save Your Life If Breast Cancer StrikesMom-to-Be's 'Leaky' Heart Valves May Pose More Danger Than ThoughtMore College-Educated Women Are Having Children Outside of MarriageAI May Not Be Ready to Accurately Read MammogramsPandemic Brought Big Drop in Breast Cancer Screening in Older, Low-Income WomenWomen May Find It Tougher to Quit Smoking Than MenFor Better Breastfeeding, 'Lactation Consultants' Can HelpCOVID Vaccine Safe, Recommended for Pregnant Women, CDC SaysCould Women's Health Decline Along With Their Height?Women Less Likely to Get Best Care for Deadly Form of StrokeHRT Could Raise Odds for AsthmaLeading U.S. Ob-Gyn Groups Urge COVID Vaccines for All Pregnant WomenAcne Can Take Big Emotional Toll on WomenVitamin D May Lower Black Women's Odds for COVID-19Mom's Weight-Loss Surgery Lowers Many Pregnancy Complications, Raises OthersPregnant Women Need to Take Care in Sweltering Summer HeatAre Antibiotics Really the Answer for UTIs in Women?Stronger Hearts, Better Outcomes in Pregnancy: StudyCould Menopausal Hormone Therapy Reduce Women's Odds for Dementia?Screening Often Misses Endometrial Cancer in Black WomenAHA News: Pregnant Mom's Diet May Influence Baby's Cardiovascular HealthPandemic Delays in Screening Mean More Breast Cancer Deaths Ahead: StudyUrinary Incontinence Can Affect a Woman's Mental HealthCOVID Vaccine Doesn't Infiltrate Breast MilkGap in Breast Cancer Survival for Black, White Patients Shrinks, But Not by EnoughCost a Barrier to Cervical Cancer Screening for Many U.S. WomenAlcohol Still a Threat in Too Many American Pregnancies: StudyWomen's Cancer Screenings Plummeted During PandemicPandemic Day Care Closures Forced 600,000 U.S. Working Moms to Leave JobsNo Sign Prior COVID Infection Affects a Woman's Fertility: StudyFertility Drugs Won't Raise Breast Cancer RiskMigraines Tied to Higher Odds for Complications in PregnancyWomen, Take These Key Steps to Good Urological HealthAre Women Absorbing Toxins From Their Makeup?Race Doesn't Affect Risk for Genes That Raise Breast Cancer RiskHealthy Levels of Vitamin D May Boost Breast Cancer OutcomesHeavy Drinking Could Lower a Woman's Odds of ConceptionAHA News: Asian and Pacific Islander Women May Be at Greatest Risk for Preeclampsia ComplicationsFibroid Pain, Bleeding Is Driving Thousands of Women to the ERA Woman's Diet Might Help Her Avoid Breast CancerBreast Cancer's Spread Is More Likely in Black Women, Study FindsDrug Lynparza Could Help Fight Some Early-Stage Breast CancersAHA News: Menopause Before 40 Tied to Higher Stroke RiskHealthy Eating Lowers Pregnancy Complication RiskAortic Tears Are Even More Deadly for Women, Study FindsFDA Warns of Bogus Fertility Claims for Some SupplementsAHA News: Surprisingly Few Women May Have Good Heart Health Before Pregnancy
Questions and AnswersLinksBook ReviewsSelf-Help Groups
Related Topics

Medical Disorders
Wellness and Personal Development
Mental Disorders

Pre-Pregnancy High Blood Pressure Rates Rising

HealthDay News
by By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter
Updated: Nov 11th 2020

new article illustration

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 11, 2020 (HealthDay) -- The number of women entering pregnancy with high blood pressure has nearly doubled in a decade, new research finds.

The study found that 2% of women living in urban areas and 2.4% of women living in rural areas had high blood pressure as they started their pregnancies in 2018. When the researchers looked back at 2007, those numbers were 1.1% and 1.4%, respectively.

"High blood pressure complicated nearly 80,000 of the pregnancies studied, and this wasn't just older women. Something concerning that we found was that there was an increase in high blood pressure in women between 15 and 24," explained study author Dr. Natalie Cameron. She's a third-year internal medicine resident at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

The rates in the youngest women were still lower than in older women (40-44), but all of the age groups saw similar increases in high blood pressure rates between 2007 and 2018.

The researchers also saw much higher rates of pre-pregnancy high blood pressure -- two to three times higher -- in Black women compared to white and Hispanic women, according to Cameron.

Blood pressure levels going into pregnancy make a difference in the health of mom and baby. If a mother's blood pressure is high in pregnancy, she faces a greater risk of complications, such as preeclampsia and preterm labor and delivery. The risk of kidney problems and ICU admissions is higher for women with elevated blood pressure in pregnancy, Cameron said.

Mom's high blood pressure also ups the baby's odds of complications, such as being born at a lower weight. Babies born to women with high blood pressure have an increased risk of developing heart and blood vessel disease later in life, Cameron explained.

The study included data on 50 million expectant mothers in the United States between 2007 and 2018. They were between 15 and 44 years old.

According to Cameron, there wasn't enough data to explain why these numbers are increasing. Rising rates of obesity are likely one reason. Another possibility is a lack of access to health care, especially preventive health care.

She said a lack of access to health care tends to be more of a problem for the two groups with higher rates of high blood pressure in this study -- people living in rural areas and Black people.

Dr. Navid Mootabar, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y., is familiar with the new study.

He said he's seen an increase in women with higher pre-pregnancy blood pressure. But, he added, "It's unclear what exactly is making the rates go up."

Mootabar also suspected that a lack of preventive care may play a role. "A woman's first exposure to the health care system may be when she's pregnant," he said.

If you're heading into pregnancy with high blood pressure, Mootabar stressed the importance of good blood pressure management. "If you have high blood pressure, get preconception counseling, if you can. Try to make sure your blood pressure is optimally controlled and that you have good heart and kidney function before pregnancy," he said.

Both Mootabar and Cameron said there are safe options for controlling blood pressure during pregnancy.

But what's best "is preventing high blood pressure in the first place," Mootabar said.

Cameron agreed. "I would encourage all women to establish a relationship with a primary care provider and talk about preventive measures to stay healthy throughout your lifetime. Learn to follow an optimal diet and get some activity in every day. This not only extends your life, but also your quality of life," she said.

Cameron is scheduled to present the study on Friday at the American Heart Association's virtual Scientific Sessions. Findings presented at meetings are typically viewed as preliminary until they've been peer-reviewed.

More information

Learn more about high blood pressure and women from the American Heart Association.



SOURCES: Natalie Cameron, M.D., internal medicine resident, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago; Navid Mootabar, M.D., chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Northern Westchester Hospital, Mount Kisco, N.Y.; American Heart Association virtual meeting, Nov. 13, 2020