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Treatment of hypertension in pregnancy

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A pregnant woman’s blood pressure affects fetal outcome; a raised diastolic pressure is associated with slower intra-uterine growth and an increased stillbirth rate (see table).1 Nevertheless the best management of hypertension in pregnancy is not settled. Opinions differ on the value of treatment and on which drugs to use. At the same time there is concern about possible effects of drugs on the child.

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