Health

Pregnancy and heart disease

Picture used for representational purpose only.

Picture used for representational purpose only.  

Pregnant women with heart disease should give birth at no later than 40 weeks gestation, says a study. Pregnancy is a risky period for women with heart disease because it puts additional stress on the heart, so the guidelines advise inducing labour or undergoing a caesarean section at 40 weeks. Heart disease is the main reason why women die during pregnancy in western countries. Compared to healthy pregnant women, those with heart disease have a 100-fold greater risk of death or heart failure. Most women with heart disease have a healthy pregnancy. However, they should be aware that they have a higher risk of obstetric complications including premature labour, pre-eclampsia, and post-partum bleeding. An estimated 18-30% of offspring have complications and up to 4% of neonates die. Heart disease in pregnancy is increasing as more women with congenital heart disease reach adulthood due to improved treatment and as the age at first pregnancy rises, accompanied by the higher rates of ischaemic heart disease in older women (when compared to those younger). Cardiovascular risk factors including hypertension, diabetes and overweight are also on the rise in pregnancy as older women become pregnant and women now acquire risk factors at a younger age. The findings have been published in the European Heart Journal.

Related Topics
Recommended for you
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Jun 3, 2020 10:24:07 AM | https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/health/pregnancy-and-heart-disease/article24782332.ece

Next Story