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Role of echocardiography in the assessment and management of adult congenital heart disease in pregnancy

  • Antonio Vitarelli
  • Lidia Capotosto
Review

Abstract

Congenital heart disease represent a large proportion of heart disease in pregnancy. With the exception of patients with Eisenmenger’s syndrome, pulmonary vascular obstructive disease, and Marfan’s syndrome with aortopathy, maternal death during pregnancy is rare in women with CHD but morbidity occurs such as heart failure, arrhythmias, and stroke. Echocardiography represents a milestone in diagnosis, understanding of pathophysiology, assessment of disease severity and patient monitoring in pregnant women with unoperated and post-operative congenital heart disease.

Keywords

Echocardiography Adult congenital heart disease Pregnancy Color Doppler Tissue Doppler imaging 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Echocardiology Unit, Cardiac DepartmentSapienza UniversityRomeItaly

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