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A Practical Guide to Care for Pregnant Cardiac Patients, 1st Edition

Edited by Afshan B. Hameed, Diana Wolfe

CRC Press

200 pages | 47 Color Illus. | 46 B/W Illus.

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Cardiac disease is one of the leading causes of maternal morbidity and mortality. Catastrophic outcomes typically encountered are due to gaps in knowledge and communication between health care providers. There is a great need for a standardized approach for care of this very high-risk group of pregnant women.

The book encompasses detailed obstetrics and cardiology perspectives that are crucial in the management of the commonly encountered cardiac conditions in pregnancy. This text aims to provide guidance to the whole team caring for a pregnant cardiac patient consisting of obstetricians, maternal-fetal medicine, hospitalists, cardiologists, obstetric anaesthesiologists, emergency physicians, primary care providers and nurses.


  • Cardio Obstetric team organization
  • Preconception counselling and family planning considerations
  • Cardiovascular disease screening and risk stratification of a pregnant cardiac patient
  • Management of a wide spectrum of cardiovascular diagnoses through use of checklists and algorithms in a simple format
  • Essential key points for each cardiac diagnosis

Table of Contents

1 Burden of cardiovascular disease

Diana Wolfe, Afshan B. Hameed, and Elliott Main

2 The Cardio Obstetric team

Diana Wolfe

3 Cardiovascular physiology of pregnancy and clinical implications

Jessica Spiegelman, Marie-Louise Meng, Jennifer Haythe, and Dena Goffman

4 Preconception care: Optimization of cardiac risk

Mary M. Canobbio

5 Termination and contraceptive options for the cardiac patient

Blake Zwerling and Rachel Perry

6 Cardiovascular symptoms: Is it pregnancy or the heart?

Melissa Perez and Afshan B Hameed

7 Cardiac diagnostic testing in pregnancy

Edlira Tam and Cynthia Taub

8 Anesthesia and analgesia in the pregnant cardiac patient

Katherine W. Arendt

9 Anticoagulation in pregnancy

Rachel A Newman, Ather Mehboob, and Judith H Chung

10 Congenital Heart Disease in pregnancy

Jeannette P. Lin

11 Valve disease in pregnancy

Tanush Gupta, Thomas Boucher, and Anna E. Bortnick

12 Cardiomyopathies in pregnancy

Joan Briller

13 Vascular disease and dissection in pregnancy

Melinda B. Davis

14 Acute coronary syndromes in pregnancy

Pavan Reddy, Gassan Moady, and Uri Elkayam

15 Pulmonary hypertension in pregnancy

Nisha Garg and Stephanie Martin

16 Arrhythmias in pregnancy

Dana Senderoff and Lee Brian Padove

17 Thromboembolism and amniotic fluid embolism

Arthur J. Vaught

18 Endocarditis in pregnancy

Ann K. Lal and Thaddeus P. Waters

19 Cardiac surgery in pregnancy

Kathryn Lindley

20 Cardiovascular medications in pregnancy

Alice Chan and Ali N Zaidi

21 Cardiopulmonary resuscitation in pregnancy

Lauren A. Plante


About the Editors

Afshan B. Hameed, MD, is a Professor of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Cardiology, University of California, Irvine

Diana S. Wolfe, MD, MPH is Associate Professor of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, New York

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / General
MEDICAL / Cardiology
MEDICAL / Gynecology & Obstetrics
MEDICAL / Perinatology & Neonatology