Heart disease in pregnancy

What are the risks of heart disease in pregnancy?

Important risk of heart disease in pregnancy is that the mother may go into heart failure with severe breathlessness. A potential risk of miscarriage is also there. In a rare form of heart disease with obstruction in the great vessel (aorta), a portion of the enlarged vessel may rupture during the strain of delivery, with catastrophic results. Another rare form of heart disease specific for pregnancy is peripartum cardiomyopathy which produces weakness of the heart muscle during pregnancy, usually improving after delivery. Severe forms of peripartum cardiomyopathy is also a high risk condition, leading to heart failure near the time of delivery or soon after.

Which types of heart diseases are poorly tolerated in pregnancy?

In general, any severe heart disease can worsen significantly during pregnancy as the workload of the heart increases Read more…