Journal article

Heart Disease and Pregnancy: The Need for a Twenty-First Century Approach to Care ...

William A Parsonage, Dominica Zentner, Karin Lust, Stefan C Kane, Elizabeth A Sullivan

Heart Lung and Circulation | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2021


Pregnancy and childbirth present a specific challenge to the maternal cardiovascular system. Pre-existing cardiac diseases, or cardiac diseases that occur during pregnancy, are associated with a significant risk of morbidity and mortality for both mother and baby. In recent decades, cardiac disease has emerged as a leading cause of maternal death in most high income countries, including Australia and New Zealand. The burden of cardiac disease in pregnancy is likely to be growing due to an increase in adult survivors with congenital heart disease embarking on pregnancy coupled with demographic shifts in the age and cardiovascular risk factors of women giving birth and the persisting high inci..

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Funding Acknowledgements

SCK is supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship, and by a Postgraduate Scholarship from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council. WAP, DZ, KL and EAS declare no source of funding for the preparation of this manuscript.