Preeclampsia and high blood pressure in pregnancy

Dr. David Miller, MD, Chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, explains the causes and treatments for high blood pressure during pregnancy, and when high blood pressure is because of preeclampsia.
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Preeclampsia and high blood pressure in pregnancy

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Why do some women develop high blood pressure during pregnancy, and how do we treat it? Well, there are many, many causes of high blood pressure that can occur in pregnancy, the same as the causes of high blood pressure that can occur in women who are not pregnant, but the one type of high blood pressure that is unique to pregnancy is called Preeclampsia. Some might know it as Toxemia, the older term. Preeclampsia is a very complicated condition that, not only results in high blood pressure, but can also result in protein in the urine, and damage to multiple organs, including the brain or the heart, even jeopardy to the baby. If preeclampsia is diagnosed by strict criteria you doctor will most likely admit you to the hospital for further evaluation, and a detailed discussion regarding all of your options for management, including medications to prevent convulsions, medications to help mature the baby, and the delivery timing, method, and location.

Dr. David Miller, MD, Chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, explains the causes and treatments for high blood pressure during pregnancy, and when high blood pressure is because of preeclampsia.

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David Miller, MD

Chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Children's Hospital Los Angeles

David A. Miller, MD, is Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and Children's Hospital Los Angeles.  He is the Chief of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Director of the CHLA-USC Institute for Maternal Fetal Health, a unique alliance of medical leaders from Children's Hospital Los Angeles and USC, specializing in interdisciplinary diagnosis and treatment of complex fetal abnormalities.  Dr. Miller graduated from USC, attended medical school at the University of Arkansas, did his internship and residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and came back to USC for fellowship training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine (Perinatology).  He has been a researcher, clinician and educator at USC for more than 20 years.  Dr. Miller has published extensively in the area of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and has won numerous awards and honors including Best Doctors in America from 2001-present.

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