• Blood Pressure Screenings and Preeclampsia
  • July 13, 2017
  • Expecting mothers face a lot of uncertainty. During pregnancy, it is vital to monitor their health closely to prevent any unnecessary complications. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently released a memo advising doctors to routinely check pregnant women’s blood pressure to prevent preeclampsia, a serious condition that jeopardizes the health of the mother and child.

    Preeclampsia is one of the most common causes of premature delivery and low birth weight across the country. The condition usually develops around the 20-week point of pregnancy and progresses quickly, which can be very dangerous for the mother and the baby. Preeclampsia can cause stroke, seizure, or organ failure in pregnant women. Unborn babies may also suffer from serious complications, which can include inhibited development, low birth weight, early labor, or even fatality. In some cases, preeclampsia can cause the placenta to detach from the wall of the uterus.

    High Blood Pressure a Warning Sign for Preeclampsia

    Preeclampsia is connected to high blood pressure. When a pregnant woman presents with high blood pressure, additional testing should be done to make sure preeclampsia does not develop. Multiple high-pressure diagnoses are a strong indicator of preeclampsia. Once the condition develops, the only treatment option is delivery, in most cases before the baby is due. Premature delivery does not allow the baby to fully develop and exposes him or her to a number of health risks; early detection of conditions like preeclampsia is key to maintaining a healthy pregnancy and delivering a healthy baby.

    USPSTF is an independent agency of medical experts that offers evidence-based recommendations for preventive care. The agency examined data on preeclampsia diagnoses and found that regular blood pressure screenings can be an effective tool in preventing preeclampsia. Even if the patient has no symptoms, it is important to check, as the condition can develop rapidly. Routine exams may save the lives of pregnant women and their babies.

    Incorporating blood pressure screenings into regularly scheduled prenatal exams is a simple way to prevent a deadly condition. Catching preeclampsia early can be critical for pregnant women and unborn children. Failing to diagnose a serious health complication such as preeclampsia can have devastating, even fatal, consequences.

    New Jersey Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP Advocate for Families Suffering from Pregnancy Complications
    If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to a pregnancy complication, you may be eligible for compensation. The dedicated New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP can help determine whether medical negligence was a factor in your injury and develop a sound legal strategy to hold the responsible party or parties accountable. Our legal team has the knowledge and experience to handle all types of medical malpractice cases and win you the compensation you need.

    With offices conveniently located in Edison, Red Bank, and Toms River, New Jersey, we help victims of preeclampsia and other pregnancy complications throughout the state. Call us today at 732-777-0100 or contact us online for a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey medical malpractice lawyer.