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Baseline fetal heart rates from 15 to 38 weeks gestation in normotensive and hypertensive pregnancies.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
British journal of obstetrics and gynaecology
Publication Date
Volume
92
Issue
1
Pages
60–64
Identifiers
PMID: 3966992
Source
Medline
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Unknown

Abstract

To determine whether the fetal heart behaves differently in normotensive and hypertensive pregnancies, the changes in baseline fetal heart rate were investigated prospectively from 15 to 38 weeks gestation in 16 women who were normotensive at the time of booking in the antenatal clinic. Fetal heart rate recordings were made ultrasonically, and were computer-processed by the programs TELEPLOT and BASELINE. Those women who remained normotensive exhibited a decrease of fetal heart rate with advancing gestational age, but this did not occur in the six women who eventually developed hypertension.

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