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Re: Must you have high bp..

Post by caryn » Tue Feb 18, 2014 10:14 pm

HELLP does not require high blood pressure, although I think it must be happening in the smaller vessels or we wouldn't see the hemolysis. (Hemolysis is when the red blood cells are being ripped apart as they're pushed through the smaller vessels by the force of each pump of the heart; it happens when those smaller vessels are very constricted, which is something that happens with hypertension. Maybe the hypertension just hasn't made it to the larger vessels yet...)

They're classed as "hypertensive pregnancy diseases" right now but there's talk of changing the formal terminology to "placental diseases" - hypertension's just a symptom, and it doesn't have to show up.

Re: Must you have high bp..

Post by Mari2013 » Sun Feb 16, 2014 05:29 am

I am sorry for the loss of your first baby. I had pre-e signs before developing HELLP. But I have read about cases where it doesn't happen that way. Some theories classify HELLP and pre-e as separate diseases, not necessarily with HELLP as a more severe form of pre-e.

Must you have high bp..

Post by jean » Fri Feb 07, 2014 08:42 pm

Do you have to have high blood pressure in order to have HELLP, or can you have it without hbp? When I had HELLP, my body showed no indications of pre-e ahead of time. Is that pretty normal, or do people usually get pre-e first?