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Valvular heart disease in pregnancy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16524533     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Women with valvular disease who are pregnant or planning to conceive require careful evaluation and management. Pregnancy is associated with normal physiologic changes that can aggravate many valvular conditions and may require the initiation or increase of cardiovascular medications to manage fluid overload or arrhythmias. Most women will tolerate pregnancy and delivery without major complication, though some types of valvular heart disease are poorly tolerated and require more intensive management, or even termination of the pregnancy. In addition, patients at risk of thromboembolism and those who have prosthetic cardiac valves require anticoagulation. The decision regarding the choice and intensity of anticoagulation requires careful balance between the individual risks of thrombosis and bleeding in the mother and harm to the fetus.
Benjamin M Scirica; Patrick T O'Gara
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current cardiology reports     Volume:  8     ISSN:  1523-3782     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Cardiol Rep     Publication Date:  2006 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-03-09     Completed Date:  2007-09-24     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100888969     Medline TA:  Curr Cardiol Rep     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  83-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Cardiovascular Division, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA 02461, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Heart Valve Diseases / diagnosis*,  physiopathology,  therapy*
Pregnancy Complications, Cardiovascular / diagnosis*,  physiopathology,  therapy*
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