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J Hypertens Suppl. 1991 Dec;9(8):S75-7.

Clinical application of ambulatory blood pressure measurement in pregnancy.

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Rotunda Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.


Eclampsia and pre-eclampsia are the most important obstetric causes of maternal mortality in the Western world. The current definitions of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy rely on arbitrary blood pressure limits based on intermittent clinic readings which are subject to bias and error. Twenty-four-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring can overcome many of these deficiencies but has only recently been introduced into antenatal care. Five pregnancy studies using ambulatory blood pressure monitoring are currently underway in Birmingham, Glasgow, Grenoble, Oxford and Dublin. The results so far indicate that ambulatory blood pressure monitoring is an acceptable method of measuring blood pressure in pregnancy. It is also concluded that ambulatory blood pressure monitoring may have several roles in the future antenatal management of hypertension, including modification of existing classification systems, a clinical confirmatory role and a possible predictive role for pre-eclampsia.

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