Hypertension research

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, affects 10-15% of pregnancies and can increase the risk of complications for mother and baby.

Hypertension affects around 10-15% of pregnancies [1] and remains one of the main causes of maternal death in the UK [2]. There are different types of hypertension in pregnancy. The most common are chronic hypertension and pre-eclampsia

In 2015, Tommy’s opened the Hypertension in Pregnancy Clinic at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London. Here, we research new ways to help women with chronic hypertension and provide specialist care to women suffering from high blood pressure.

Our current focus is providing care for women with chronic (pre-existing) hypertension in pregnancy, who are at particularly high risk of adverse outcomes in pregnancy, such as pre-eclampsia, preterm birth and delivering small for gestational age infants.

Research highlights

  • The PEACHES trial is researching how we can tell early on if women with high blood pressure are likely to experience complications
  • The CRADLE project is developing an easy, cheap way of measuring blood pressure anywhere in the world
  • The PANDA study is looking at the difference between two drugs, NifeDipine and Labetalol, for treating chronic hypertension during pregnancy

Current hypertension research

Completed hypertension research


1. NHS Choices [accessed 10/01/2018], High blood pressure and pregnancy, https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/hypertension-blood-pres...

2. NICE [accessed 10/01/2018], Hypertension in pregnancy: diagnosis and management, https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg107/chapter/Introduction

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