Congenital heart disease in pregnancy.

  title={Congenital heart disease in pregnancy.},
  author={Catherine E G Head and Sara Angela Thorne},
  journal={Postgraduate medical journal},
  volume={81 955},
Congenital heart disease is now more prevalent than acquired in pregnancy in the developed world. In pregnancy the fall in systemic vascular resistance and increase in blood volume and cardiac output can cause functional deterioration in certain conditions. A minimally symptomatic woman with good ventricular function, normal oxygen saturation, and no left heart obstruction should tolerate pregnancy well. Women with pulmonary hypertension or dilated aortic root (pre-replacement) should be… CONTINUE READING