Is use of multiple antihypertensive agents to achieve blood pressure control associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes?

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  • © 2017 Nature America, Inc., part of Springer Nature. Objective: We assessed whether requiring >1 medication for blood pressure control is associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes. Study design: Retrospective cohort of 974 singletons with chronic hypertension at a tertiary care center. Subjects on >1 antihypertensive agent were compared with those on one agent <20 weeks gestational age with results stratified by average blood pressure (<140/90 and ≥140/90 mm Hg) from prenatal visits. The primary maternal outcome was preeclampsia; the primary neonatal outcome was small for gestational age (<10th percentile). Result: Among women with blood pressure ≥140/90 mm Hg, women on multiple agents had the greatest risk of preeclampsia, severe preeclampsia, antenatal admissions to rule out preeclampsia, preterm birth <35 weeks and composite neonatal adverse outcomes. Conclusion: Compared with use of a single agent when blood pressure is ≥140/90 mm Hg, use of multiple agents increases adverse risks, while no such finding exists when blood pressure is controlled below 140/90 mm Hg.
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  • Allen SE; Tita A; Anderson S; Biggio JR; Harper LM
  • Start Page

  • 340
  • End Page

  • 344
  • Volume

  • 37
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  • 4