Tuesday, October 18, 2011

High blood pressure ups birth defect risk: Study

LONDON (AP) - A new study suggests that high blood pressure during early pregnancy is what raises the risk of major birth defects - not the medicines used to control the condition, as previously thought.

Pregnant women have been warned for years to avoid drugs called ACE inhibitors during the later stages of pregnancy to avoid the possibility of birth defects. But whether it was safe to take them during the first trimester wasn't clear.

A 2006 paper concluded no, and two later studies found an increased risk with other blood pressure drugs as well. Researchers behind a new, larger study suggest it's the high blood pressure itself that is responsible for the higher risk of birth defects, not the medications.

Compared to women without high blood pressure, those with the condition were more likely to have babies with congenital heart, brain or spinal cord defects regardless of whether they were taking ACE inhibitors, other medications, or getting no treatment at all, the study found.

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