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A 26-year-old member asked:

What should pregnant women know about valvular heart disease?

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Dr. Sheila Goodman
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
May be dangerous: If you have any significant heart disease, you should try to see a doctor for counseling before you try to get pregnant. Many heart conditions will be fine during pregnancy and just require special monitoring. There are some which have a high chance of severe complications and death with pregnancy, including pulmonary hypertension and aortic valve disease.
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Dr. Eric Toloza
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Can get worse: Valvular diseae in women can be worsened by pregnancy ...
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A 40-year-old member asked:

What happens to women with valvular heart disease in pregnancy?

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Dr. Mehdi Qamar
Cardiology 33 years experience
Pregnancy and heart: It depends on the kind of valve issues. Under most circumstances it is safe. However, certain valvular heart diseases and congenital heart diseases may endanger mother and child's life. If there is any suspicion or existing diagnosis of heart problems, it "must" be discussed with the physician to evaluate and stratify the risk prior to planning for pregnancy.
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