Cardiac Disease in Pregnancy*

  • S. L. Clark
Part of the Developments in Critical Care Medicine and Anesthesiology book series (DCCA, volume 30)


Pregnancy brings about profound alterations in the maternal cardiovascular system. The pregnant patient with normal cardiac function accommodates such physiologic changes without difficulty. However, in the presence of significant cardiac disease, pregnancy can be extremely hazardous and may result in decompensation and death. Indeed, in the presence of cardiac disease involving pulmonary hypertension, pregnancy carries a risk of maternal mortality (30–50%) exceeding that which is associated with any other systemic disease. This chapter focuses on the interaction between structural cardiac disease and pregnancy.


Pulmonary Hypertension Aortic Stenosis Maternal Mortality Maternal Death Defect Ventricular Septum 
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