Present status of clinical care for postpartum patients with hypertensive disorders of pregnancy in Japan: Findings from a nationwide questionnaire survey

Asako Mito, Naoko Arata, Naoko Sakamoto, Kei Miyakoshi, Masako Waguri, Anna Osamura, Yukari Kugishima, Hirohito Metoki, Ichiro Yasuhi

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Abstract

Objective: To assess the present status of clinical care for postpartum patients with hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP) in Japan. Methods: We conducted a nationwide questionnaire survey of obstetricians, internists and hypertension specialists and analyzed 686 valid responses. Results: Though HDP is widely known as a risk factor for subsequent hypertension and cardiovascular disease, over one-third of obstetricians terminated their postpartum follow-up of HDP patients without referring them to other departments. Conclusion: It is important to establish an effective referral system, whereby patients with HDP can be smoothly transferred to primary care or a specialist physician after childbirth for long-term monitoring and management of blood pressure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-220
Number of pages12
JournalHypertension in Pregnancy
Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 May 1

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Keywords

  • Antihypertensive agent
  • Breast feeding
  • Hypertension in pregnancy
  • Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy
  • Postpartum hypertension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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