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A 38-year-old member asked:

What are the risks of getting pregnant after open heart surgery (vsd repair, it has only been three months)?

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Dr. Barbara Toppin
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Depends: Consult a perinatologist and you cardiologist regarding what category of heart disease. Also ask about vaginal versus cesarean delivery. With some cardiac problems, cardiologist suggest elective cesarean at term to avoid "pushing" and increased strain on the heart.
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Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Heart damage: Likely it is possible but if you have significant cardiomyopathy or pulmonary hypertension then it could be risky and dangerous. Check with your cardiologist or surgeon before actively pursuing pregnancy.
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A 30-year-old female asked:

Is it ok to get pregnant a year after open heart surgery

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Dr. Parul Krishnamurthy
Obstetrics & Gynecology 36 years experience
Check with your team: Best people to advise you on this would be the cardiologist, perinatologist, to name a few. There is not one blanket answer, too many variables involved
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