Pregnancy and the cardiovascular system

Amr E. Abbas, Steven J. Lester, Heidi Connolly

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The cardiovascular system undergoes important adaptations during pregnancy to accommodate for fetal requirements. This causes a hemodynamic burden on patients with underlying heart disease, and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Moreover, certain cardiovascular diseases may be due to pregnancy. Although unusual, these diseases can pose a threat to the pregnant woman and her fetus. This review will discuss cardiovascular adaptations to pregnancy as well as the risk of pregnancy in patients with underlying heart disease. It will also provide a brief overview of cardiovascular disorders associated with pregnancy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-189
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Cardiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 15 2005


  • Cardiovascular system
  • Fetus
  • Pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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