A 40-year-old member asked:
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i had open heart surgery because i was a premature infant, how does that affect me now that i'm older and pregnant?

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Dr. Benjamin Nguyen
12 years experience Anesthesiology
It depends: This depends on the condition that you had as a child, how it was repaired, and the functional status of your heart today. Pregnancy is a very stressful process on the heart. This stress is at its peak during labor and continues days after pregnancy. Please see your obstetrian for appropriate cardiac studies as soon as possible.
Answered on May 24, 2015
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Curious question: There is no one size fits all answer. The people that would know will be those with access to your previous history, present state of heart health, general health, etc. You may also want to consult with a geneticist on the risks your baby would have some form of heart defect.
Answered on Aug 16, 2017

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Dr. Robert Vogt Lowell
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See a cardiologist: It will depend on what type of defect you had, what repair you underwent and what residual issues you were left with if any. Most repaired forms of c ... Read More
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Dr. Marino Tavarez
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Hmmm. High risk: pregnancies are by definition not ideal and YES well, high risk. I am sure your OB doc (and Cardiologist) would have preferred for you to have waited ... Read More
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Dr. Louis Grenzer
54 years experience Cardiology
Varies: As with any surgery, this varies. It would depend on the exact surgery required as well as whether there are any complciations. Usually it would invol ... Read More
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Dr. Craig Carter
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Varies: It depends on the condition of the child prior to surgery, as well as the underlying condition, and the procedure done. The more complicated the proce ... Read More

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