Key strategies for preventing hypertension-related maternal death

August 12, 2019

Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are among the leading contributors to maternal mortality worldwide, but up to 60% of hypertension-related maternal deaths are potentially preventable.

Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are among the leading contributors to maternal mortality worldwide.  Approximately 30,000 deaths annually are attributed to hypertensive disorders including preeclampsia, eclampsia, and HELLP syndrome.1,2 In the United States, hypertension-related disorders account for approximately 7.4% of the almost 800 pregnancy-related deaths that occur each year.3 Women with preeclampsia/eclampsia are at 3 to 25 times the risk of severe pregnancy complications including placental abruption, disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), renal failure, pulmonary edema and aspiration pneumonia.4,5 Recent reviews suggest that up to 60% of hypertension-related maternal deaths are potentially preventable-there continue to be missed opportunities for appropriate, recommended care of severe maternal hypertension.6For more information: Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy 

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