by expert on call (297 Posts), Thu Jun 23, 2005 11:53 pm
Expert Response #2:
Randomized studies to date have failed to demonstrate any effects of strict bed rest, and this to some can be very stressful especially if started at 23 weeks., Hopefully the two measurements were made after similar scenarios, such as quite sitting for at least 4-5 minutes, the cuff held at the same level in relation to the heart, and the measurement repeated, before the sentence of strict bed rest was pronounced.. Also the rise recorded here, to values still normal (60-80 mm Hg diastolic) is not considered "hypertension" any more, but many of us see it as a sign to check the patient more frequently and advise avoiding stressful work or situations.
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