Management of Maternal Complex Congenital Heart Disease During Pregnancy

Kearney, Katherine and Zentner, Dominica and Cordina, Rachael (2021) Management of Maternal Complex Congenital Heart Disease During Pregnancy. Current Heart Failure Reports, 18 (6). pp.353-361. ISSN 1546-9530

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PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to discuss the risk stratification and management of pregnancy in women with complex congenital heart disease. RECENT FINDINGS: Classifying congenital heart defects (CHD) including both anatomy and physiology is important for maternal risk stratification. Although most women with CHD can tolerate the physiological challenge of pregnancy, some may experience serious risks both to their health and that of their foetus. The WHO maternal risk classification model remains the best-validated risk measure. Ideally, women with CHD should have pre-conception assessment with a CHD cardiologist. General principles of management, such as need for expert centre delivery, a multidisciplinary team, epidural and mode of delivery are based on WHO risk in combination with expert assessment of status. CHD is increasingly prevalent in women of child-bearing age. Assessment by an adult CHD cardiologist, ideally pre-conception, is key in assessing and minimising risk to mother and foetus.

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Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
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Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2022 05:04
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