Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy vary widely by state, study finds

Sept. 30 (UPI) — Alaska, Hawaii, Louisiana and Missouri are among the states with the highest prevalence of hypertensive pregnancy disorders, according to an analysis published Thursday by JAMA Network Open.

Just over 9% of all mothers in Louisiana developed chronic hypertension after giving birth in 2017, the highest percentage of any of the 50 states, the data showed.

Nearly 3% of women who gave birth in Hawaii that same year suffered from eclampsia — seizures during pregnancy caused by high blood pressure.

Alaska, Louisiana and Missouri also were among the leaders in the prevalence of chronic high blood pressure among pregnant women, according to the researchers.

“We believe it’s good for the public to see the prevalence of these disorders, by state, so that they can have a full understanding of their risk,” study co-author Dr. Alexander Butwick told UPI.

“Now, future studies need to look at why the

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