Heart disease during pregnancy

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Abstract

Primary care physicians have an important role in timely diagnosis and appropriate treatment of gravid patients with cardiac disorders. Health of the mother and child can be optimized with thorough understanding of the pathophysiology of cardiac disorders during pregnancy, especially those with potentially serious effects, such as peripartum cardiomyopathy and acute myocardial infarction. Mitral stenosis often manifests for the first time during pregnancy. Mitral valve prolapse is usually benign but in some cases necessitates antibiotic prophylaxis for delivery. Pregnancy in women with prosthetic cardiac valves may expose mother and child to risks that can be minimized with appropriate safeguards.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-155
Number of pages7
JournalPostgraduate Medicine
Volume104
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1998

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Heart Diseases
Pregnancy
Mothers
Peripartum Period
Mitral Valve Prolapse
Antibiotic Prophylaxis
Mitral Valve Stenosis
Heart Valves
Primary Care Physicians
Cardiomyopathies
Myocardial Infarction
Therapeutics
Child Health

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Heart disease during pregnancy. / Villablanca, Amparo C.

In: Postgraduate Medicine, Vol. 104, No. 5, 11.1998, p. 149-155.

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