Pregnancy and the Heart

Heidi M. Connolly

in Mayo Clinic Cardiology

Fourth edition

Published on behalf of © Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199915712
Published online May 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322824 | DOI:

Series: Mayo Clinic Scientific Press

Pregnancy and the Heart

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Approximately 2% of pregnancies occur in women who have heart disease. Congenital heart disease is the predominant form of heart disease among pregnant women in developed countries, whereas rheumatic heart disease predominates in developing countries. Heart disease does not preclude successful pregnancy but increases the risk for both mother and baby and requires special management. This chapter discusses the normal hemodynamic changes that occur during pregnancy and the resultant effect on common cardiovascular diseases.

Chapter.  6631 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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