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What are the risks associated with congestive heart failure during pregnancy?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Decompensation

Pregnancy demands increased cardiac output and a failing heart may not be up to the task.
Labor and delivery are physically stressful. Blood loss commonly results in anemia - both hard for a failing heart. The risk is that someone who is marginally compensated will become worse during gestation with progressive symptoms. If you're contemplating pregnancy, discuss it in advance with OB and cards.

In brief: Decompensation

Pregnancy demands increased cardiac output and a failing heart may not be up to the task.
Labor and delivery are physically stressful. Blood loss commonly results in anemia - both hard for a failing heart. The risk is that someone who is marginally compensated will become worse during gestation with progressive symptoms. If you're contemplating pregnancy, discuss it in advance with OB and cards.
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