Intracranial hemorrhage and stroke are primary causes of maternal mortality in pregnancies affected by hypertensive disorders. As such antihypertensive therapy plays a crucial role in the management of severe hypertension. However, the target level to achieve the best outcome for both–mother and fetus–is still unclear. Moreover, given the lack of well-designed randomized controlled trials with standardized key outcomes, the current choice of antihypertensive medications depends rather on clinicians’ preference. Furthermore, data on long-term outcomes of offspring is not available. Therefore, there is an urgent need for randomized trials comparing different anti-hypertensive options to address efficacy and safety questions.
- key outcome parameters
- maternal and perinatal morbidity
- Severe hypertension in pregnancy
- target blood pressure
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