Journal article

Good at heart: Developing a tertiary perinatal cardiac service; the first eight years of experience

Sarah Heland, Adam de Chellis, Wawrzyniec Rieder, Matthew Sleeman, Jennifer Johns, Terase Lancefield, Andrew Robinson, Alison Fung, Susan Walker

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology | WILEY | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Maternal cardiac disease is the most common cause of indirect maternal death, and women with pre-existing cardiac disease have complex medical, obstetric and anaesthetic requirements. Our hospital commenced a multidisciplinary perinatal cardiac service in 2009 to optimise outcomes in women with cardiac disease. AIM: To assess the maternal and perinatal outcomes of women referred to the clinic to evaluate clinical practice and inform future service provision. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a single-centre retrospective study of women referred to the perinatal cardiac service between 2009-2016. Data collected included: demographic details; cardiac diagnosis; pregnancy outcomes, inc..

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