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Critical Care Management of the Parturient with Cardiac Disease

Uma R Hariharan, Indira Malik

Keywords : Arrhythmias, Cardiac failure, Cardiac risk assessment, Cardiomyopathies, Congenital cardiac lesions, Critical care, Ischemic heart disease, Parturient, Pericarditis, Pulmonary hypertension, Valvular heart disease

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DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10071-24068

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 12-01-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; The Author(s).


Parturient with heart disease forms a challenging group of patients and requires specialized critical care support in the peripartum period. Maternal heart disease may remain undiagnosed till the second trimester of pregnancy, presenting frequently after 20 weeks of gestation, due to increased demands imposed on the cardiovascular system and pose a serious risk to the life of mother and fetus. Management of critically ill parturient with heart disease must be tailored according to individual assessment of the patient and requires a strategic, multidisciplinary, and protocol-based approach. A dedicated obstetric intensive care unit (ICU) and team effort are the need of the hour.

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