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Cardiac disease and pregnancy 

Cardiac disease and pregnancy
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Cardiac disease and pregnancy
Author(s):

Sambit Mukhopadhyay

, Edward Morris

, and Sabaratnam Arulkumaran

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199651399.003.0017
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date: 26 January 2021

Maternal mortality from cardiac disease, although uncommon, is the leading cause of maternal death in the UK, and its incidence is increasing. The rise associated with acquired heart disease is due to the changing demographics of the pregnant population (increasing age and obesity). Ischaemic heart disease, aortic dissection, and peripartum cardiomyopathy are the most important acquired conditions and occur in previously asymptomatic individuals. This chapter discusses the physiological changes in pregnancy relating to cardiac disease, principles of care, and the major acquired cardiac conditions.

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