Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy: Screening

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Source: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Last Reviewed: September 2023

The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for hypertensive disorders in pregnant people with blood pressure measurements throughout pregnancy. Hypertensive disorders include gestational hypertension, preeclampsia, and eclampsia. 

This recommendation applies to pregnant people without a known diagnosis of a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy or chronic hypertension (high blood pressure). 

USPSTF also noted that Black, Native American, and Alaska Native people are much more likely to both have and die from a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy, and that more research is needed into ways to address these inequities.

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U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. (2023). Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy: Screening. Retrieved from https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/recommendation/hypertensive-disorders-pregnancy-screening.