Hypertension in Men

Hypertension is one of those conditions that men can live with for years without even knowing they have it, but just because the first few years are asymptomatic does not mean hypertension is not damaging overall health. ... read more »

What Is Labor Induction?

Labor induction or inducing labor is usually done to start contractions of the uterus or to prepare the cervix to soften and/or dilate for a vaginal birth. It usually involves the stimulation of uterine contractions during pregnancy before labor begins on its own to achieve a vaginal birth. ... read more »

Preeclampsia: Short-Term and Long-Term Effects

Not only do women have to worry about preeclampsia during pregnancy, the effects of increased blood pressure during pregnancy may last for years. ... read more »

Stroke and Pregnancy

Many people survive a stroke, with varying degrees of recovery, but brain damage is often permanent. Data indicates one in five women (20%) will have a stroke during her lifetime. ... read more »

Low Sodium Diets for Managing Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension

When you are diagnosed with gestational hypertension, you may wonder if following a low sodium diet which is otherwise known to reduce blood pressure may be helpful. ... read more »

Eclampsia During Pregnancy and Postpartum

Preeclampsia is a dangerous complication of pregnancy that typically affects women late in pregnancy. The condition is upgraded from preeclampsia to eclampsia when seizures develop. ... read more »

What Is HELLP Syndrome?

HELLP Syndrome is a serious, life-threatening complication of pregnancy that occurs in less than 1 percent of all pregnancies in the U.S. Pregnant women who have high blood pressure and develop severe preeclampsia or eclampsia, however, have a higher risk. ... read more »

Nosebleeds - Normal During Pregnancy?

Are nosebleeds normal during pregnancy? What should I do if I have one? ... read more »

Placenta Testing Reveals Possible Preeclampsia Marker

Researchers testing placentas after infant births may have found a gene marker. The gene is associated with the immune system and may be the cause of some cases of preeclampsia. ... read more »

Hypertension in Pregnancy May be Linked to Lead Exposure

Researchers have found a connection between lead exposure and hypertension in pregnancy. Even tiny amounts of lead can cause a significant increase in pregnancy blood pressure. ... read more »

Pregnant Women At Greater Stroke Risk Than Non-Pregnant Women

According to researchers at the Loyola University Health System, women who are pregnant are at a significantly increased risk of stroke compared to women who are not pregnant. ... read more »

Pregnancy Related Stroke on the Rise

Stroke has debilitating effects and it can happen when one least expects it. But researchers are more alarmed by the increase of pregnancy-related stroke rate in the last 12 years.   ... read more »

Spinal Anesthesia

Spinals are pain medications delivered via the spinal column in one dose. The medication is fast acting and can achieve a complete block of pain in as little as 15 minutes. ... read more »

High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy a Thing of the Past?

Preeclampsia is a life-threatening condition that only occurs during pregnancy. Some of the more common side effects include protein in urine and high blood pressure. ... read more »

Most Important Health Screens for Men

Men should get regular health screenings to ensure optimal health. Here are the most important health screenings for men and how often screenings should take place. ... read more »

Men: How to Stay Healthy at Any Age

Taking care of the body you're in today and taking a proactive approach to health care is the ideal way to stay healthy at any age. ... read more »

Men: Tips for Staying Healthy at 50+

Living a healthy, happy life beyond 50 requires a few lifestyle changes and considerations for most men. As the body ages maintaining good overall health requires regular health check-ups, health screenings and an altered diet and exercise program that promote a healthy cardiovascular system. ... read more »

Women Respond More Intensely to Music When Pregnant

A recent study indicates pregnant women respond more intensely to music than non-pregnant women. ... read more »

Does Birth Order Influence Adult Health?

The first-born male child may be more prone to disease later in life than his younger siblings. ... read more »

Methyldopa (Aldomet) During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

All about methyldopa and pregnancy/breastfeeding. Is it safe during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding? ... read more »

BMI, High Blood Pressure and Low Education Levels

A study published in BMC Public Health reveals a connection between education levels and increased blood pressure during pregnancy. However, when the results were filtered based on BMI, the correlation diminished. ... read more »

Nifedipine During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

All about Nifedipine and pregnancy/breastfeeding. Is it safe during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding? ... read more »

Metaprolol During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

All about Metaprolol and pregnancy/breastfeeding. Is it safe during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding? ... read more »

Preeclampsia: Levels of Natriuria and Calciuria

Researchers in Brazil recently published a study examining the effectiveness of natriuria testing compared to calciuria testing in patients with various hypertensive disorders in pregnancy. ... read more »

Propranolol During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

All about propranolol and pregnancy/breastfeeding. Is it safe during pregnancy and/org breastfeeding? ... read more »

Hypertension and Peripheral Artery Disease Risk

Researchers in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at the Mayo Clinic recently published a study into the long-term effects of pregnancy hypertension on risk of peripheral artery disease. ... read more »

Aldosterone (Serum or Plasma) During Pregnancy

Aldosterone is a steroid hormone found in the adrenal gland. The steroid works to control potassium and sodium ' having a direct impact on blood pressure. Patients with high blood pressure may be given medications to alter how aldosterone works in the body. ... read more »

Increasing Mean Arterial Blood Pressure in Preterm Infants

A study in the Archives of Diseases in childhood reports a possible new treatment for increasing mean arterial blood pressure (MABP) in preterm infants. Doctors administered tocolytic indomethacin to 18 mothers in preterm labor. ... read more »

What are the Symptoms of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)?

Many women have only a few and others have many symptoms. These are some of the symptoms of PCOS. ... read more »

Antidepressants, Pregnancy, and High Blood Pressure

According to data collected in the Quebec Pregnancy Registry, there may be a link between antidepressant intake during pregnancy and hypertension or high blood pressure. ... read more »

Diabetic Neuropathy in Pregnant Women

Researchers from the Center for Pregnant Women with Diabetes in Denmark recently compared prevalence of diabetic neuropathy and microalbuminuria in pregnant women with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. ... read more »

High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy and Stroke Risk

Hypertension (high blood pressure) is the most common medical concern doctors see in their pregnant patients. As many as three percent of all pregnant women experience complications of hypertension. ... read more »

Premature Births and Risk of Heart Disease for Mom

When a pregnant woman gives birth to an infant that is small for gestational age, she is at increased risk of heart disease, according to new research published in PLoS One. ... read more »

Lifestyle Changes Can Reduce Risk of Pregnancy Complications

Healthy lifestyle choices can increase the likelihood a woman will have a normal pregnancy outcome, according to a new study by a collaboration of scientists from the UK, Ireland and New Zealand. ... read more »

Maternal Predictors of Cardiometabolic Traits in Newborns

The impact of maternal health and habits are the topic of multiple research studies. One of the newest studies from researchers in Canada examines the impact of maternal factors and characteristics of pregnancy on cardiometabolic traits in newborns. ... read more »

Maternal Type 1 Diabetes and Hypertensive Complications

Over the past 20 years, medical records of pregnant women with type 1 diabetes have shown an increase in blood pressure with many women falling into the hypertensive group during pregnancy. However, there are no indications of increased hypertensive complications in the same group of women. ... read more »

Pregnancy and Preeclampsia: Double the Stroke Risk

Being pregnant and having preeclampsia both increase a woman's risk of stroke; the preeclampsia-related risk of stroke lingers on as long as 40 years after the pregnancy. ... read more »

Physical Activity During Pregnancy Curbs Childhood High Blood Pressure

The results of a recent study indicate regular exercise during and after pregnancy may help curb a child’s tendency toward high blood pressure in childhood. ... read more »

Oral Vs. Intravenous Labetalol: Hypertensive Emergency During Pregnancy

In a randomized controlled trial, researchers from the Dr. Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College in India compared the effectiveness of oral nifedipine to intravenous (IV) labetalol. ... read more »

Chronic Hypertension: Risk of Pregnancy Complications

Women who have chronic hypertension (high blood pressure) before pregnancy are at greater risk of pregnancy complications than women who are not hypertensive before or during pregnancy. ... read more »

Antidepressants and Pulmonary Hypertension in Infants

According to a new study, the use of antidepressants during pregnancy may increase the risk of high blood pressure in the lungs or pulmonary hypertension. ... read more »

Long-Term Effect of Elevated Blood Pressure in Pregnancy

High blood pressure in pregnancy is a clear warning sign for preeclampsia. Also known as hypertension, high blood pressure has also been associated with birth defects and long-term side effects on maternal health independent of preeclampsia. ... read more »

How Sleep Affects Maternal Blood Pressure

Researchers have linked sleeping patterns to increase blood pressure late in pregnancy. ... read more »

Exercise is Healthy for Pregnant Women

Physicians should recommend low to moderate levels of exercise to their pregnant patients, even if they have not exercised prior to pregnancy. ... read more »