Cardiac size and function in pregnancy-induced hypertension.

  title={Cardiac size and function in pregnancy-induced hypertension.},
  author={J C Veille and Jeffrey D. Hosenpud and Mark J Morton},
  journal={American journal of obstetrics and gynecology},
  volume={150 5 Pt 1},
The physiologic cardiac enlargement characteristic of normal pregnancy could result in important left ventricular dysfunction in the presence of elevated blood pressure. Using M-mode echocardiography, we measured left ventricular dimensions, fractional shortening, and radius-to-wall thickness ratio in 23 patients who had a diagnosis of pregnancy-induced hypertension at rest and during isometric exercise. Seventeen subjects with normal pregnancies were similarly studied and served as controls… CONTINUE READING