About this course
The spectrum of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy includes chronic hypertension, gestational hypertension, pre-eclampsia, and eclampsia. These disorders affect about 10% of pregnant women and is the leading cause of maternal mortality worldwide. Affected women are at an increased risk of cardiovascular complications in later life and long-term follow-up care of these women are necessary. This e-learning module summarizes the different hypertensive disorders during pregnancy, the maternal and fetal risks associated and the prevention, management and long-term care of these conditions.
Upon completion of the educational activity, participants should be able to
- Differentiate between various hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.
- Identify the maternal and fetal risks associated with hypertension in pregnancy.
- Prevent and manage hypertensive disorders during pregnancy.
- Counsel patients regarding the risk of recurrence for future pregnancies and long-term health consequences.
Keywords: gestational hypertension, pre-eclampsia, eclampsia, maternal and fetal complications
- Cardiovascular physiology of pregnancy
- Risks of hypertension in pregnancy
- Spectrum of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy: chronic hypertension, gestational hypertension, pre-eclampsia, eclampsia
- Chronic and gestational hypertension: treatment during pregnancy and the post-partum/breastfeeding period
- Pre-eclampsia: prevention, diagnosis and treatment
- HELLP syndrome
- Risk of recurrence and long-term health implications of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy