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Percentage of pregnant women taking drugs to treat high blood pressure, including medications like ACE inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers that aren’t considered safe for fetuses, according to a study of 1 million Medicaid patients. About 6% to 8% of pregnant women have high blood pressure, but little is known about how moms and doctors treat the┬ácondition, or about which antihypertensive drugs are the safest and most effective during pregnancy, the authors note, calling urgently for more research. [via Hypertension]

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