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High blood pressure is warning sign in pregnant women with new headaches, study finds

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4539 (Published 21 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4539
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

High blood pressure and no history of headaches can be warning signs of complications such as pre-eclampsia in pregnant women presenting with severe headache and should trigger further investigation, a US study shows.

The study, published in Neurology,1 analysed the health records of every pregnant woman referred for a neurological consultation after presenting with acute headache at a New York hospital over a five year period from 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2014.

“Headaches during pregnancy are …

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