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Early hypertensive disorders in pregnancy linked to obesity

Key clinical point: Rising obesity increases the chances of early-onset hypertensive disorders in pregnant women, as has already been established for late-onset hypertensive disorders.

Major finding: The adjusted risk ratio for early-onset hypertension ranged from 1.13 to 2.18 with increasing levels of obesity.

Study details: A retrospective analysis of over 14 million singleton births drawn from U.S. Vital Statistics.

Disclosures: No source of funding was disclosed. The authors reported having no potential conflicts of interest.


Bicocca M et al. Obstet Gynecol. 2020 Jun 11. Obstet Gynecol. 2020 Jun 11. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000003901.