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Pregnancy and lactation 

Pregnancy and lactation
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Pregnancy and lactation
Author(s):

Anita Banerjee

, Debasish Banerjee

, and Vivekanand Jha

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198759935.003.0021
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date: 17 October 2019

Cardiovascular disease in pregnancy remains a significant cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. In the developed world, congenital heart disease remains the most frequently encountered presentation, and in the developing world, it is rheumatic heart disease. However, with ageing of the maternal population and cardiovascular risk factors, women are presenting with familiar cardiac conditions such as heart failure. Pre-pregnancy counselling and appropriate and timely management lead to an optimal outcome for the mother and baby. This chapter describes the physiology and provides up-to-date guidance on drug therapy of cardiovascular disease in pregnancy.

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