Pregnancy, Delivery Safe for Women Born With Heart Defects

pregnancy delivery safe for women born with heart defects

Sumary of Pregnancy, Delivery Safe for Women Born With Heart Defects:

  • 18, 2021 — Women who were born with heart defects may get some reassurance from a new study that finds they face no heightened risk to health during a pregnancy and delivery.
  • “The most important finding from our study is that many women born with a congenital heart defect are able to get through pregnancy and give birth safely.
  • “It is very encouraging to see that such a large number of mothers with a congenital heart defect can give birth to healthy children,” added Lammers, a consultant in pediatric cardiology at University Hospital Münster, in Germany.
  • For the study, the researchers analyzed data from more than 7,500 pregnancies among more than 4,000 German women with a congenital heart defect.
  • The investigators compared them with more than 11,200 pregnancies in a control group of about 6,500 women without heart defects.
  • No one with a congenital heart defect died during pregnancy and up to 90 days after delivery, while one woman in the control group died, according to the report.
  • However, women with a congenital heart defect had significantly higher rates of stroke (1.13% versus 0.17%), heart failure (0.84% versus 0.03%) and abnormal heart rhythm problems (0.82% versus 0.12%) compared to the other group.
  • Women with a heart defect also had a higher rate of cesarean delivery than those in the control group: 41% versus 32%.

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