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The heart in pregnancy: With special reference to public health

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Summary

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    The normal heart in pregnancy may closely simulate heart disease.

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    The extent of cardiac disease in pregnancy is discussed.

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    Mitral stenosis is the predominant lesion in heart disease complicated by pregnancy.

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    Auricular fibrillation causes approximately four times more deaths than any of the others.

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    Ante-natal supervision, with early hospitalisation in those cases needing it, materially reduces the mortality rate.

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    The management of the confinement is discussed.

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    The prevention of heart failure in the first twenty-four hours of the puerperium is described.

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    Anæsthetics and heart disease in pregnancy are discussed. The anæsthetist is of more importance than the anæsthetic.

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    The problem of future pregnancies is dealt with.

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    Heart disease in pregnancy is a part of a greater problem. Social medicine in relation to it is discussed.

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Correspondence to G. E. Donovan.

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Donovan, G.E. The heart in pregnancy: With special reference to public health. Ir J Med Sci 19, 169–178 (1944). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02948235

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