Journal article

The effect of hospitalisation on ambulatory blood pressure in pregnancy

S Walker, M Permezel, S Brennecke, L Tuttle, A Ugoni, J Higgins

AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS & GYNAECOLOGY | ROYAL AUSTRALIAN N Z COLLEGE OBSTETRICIANS & GYNECOLOGISTS | Published : 2002

Abstract

METHODS: Twenty-four-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring was performed on 40 women (20 hypertensive, 20 normotensive) on a hospitalised and non-hospitalised day. Mean blood pressure differences were calculated for the awake, sleeping and 24-hour periods on both days. RESULTS: Mean heart rate was higher at home (1.79, p = 0.04) than in hospital, but there were no significant differences in mean systolic (1.30 mmHg, p = 0.06), diastolic (0.78 mmHg, p = 0.21) or mean arterial blood pressure (0.81 mmHg, p = 0.19) between the hospitalised and non hospitalised day for the group overall. Nevertheless, the range of individual responses was wide (-8.5 mmHg to 15.4 mmHg mean arterial blood press..

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