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Pregnancy and Congenital Heart Disease

  • Jolien W. Roos-Hesselink
  • Mark R. Johnson
  • Addresses a subject on which limited information is available in the current literature

  • Offers a practical and easy-to-use reference for the practitioner

  • Discusses not only risks and patient management, but also the organization of care around the delivery


Part of the Congenital Heart Disease in Adolescents and Adults book series (CHDAA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. General Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Julene S. Carvalho, Olus Api
      Pages 3-21
    3. Jan S. Erkamp, Jérôme Cornette
      Pages 23-33
    4. M. A. M. Kampman, P. G. Pieper
      Pages 35-49
    5. Ingrid van de Laar, Marja Wessels
      Pages 51-65
    6. Iris M. van Hagen, Jolien W. Roos-Hesselink
      Pages 67-81
    7. Matt Cauldwell, Mark Cox, Roisin Monteiro, Mark R. Johnson
      Pages 83-95
  3. Specific Lesions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Sonya V. Babu-Narayan, Wei Li, Anselm Uebing
      Pages 99-112
    3. Daniel Tobler, Matthias Greutmann
      Pages 113-127
    4. Antonia Pijuan-Domenech, Maria Goya
      Pages 129-140
    5. Stefan Orwat, Helmut Baumgartner
      Pages 141-154
    6. Michelle Michels
      Pages 155-164
    7. Julie De Backer, Laura Muiño-Mosquera, Laurent Demulier
      Pages 165-194
    8. Margarita Brida, Gerhard-Paul Diller
      Pages 195-205
    9. Andrea Girnius, Gruschen Veldtman, Carri R. Warshak, Markus Schwerzmann
      Pages 207-224
    10. Margherita Ministeri, Michael A. Gatzoulis
      Pages 225-241
    11. Matthias Greutmann, Daniel Tobler
      Pages 243-256
    12. Werner Budts
      Pages 257-270

About this book


This book describes the risks facing patients with congenital heart disease who wish to become pregnant and the ways in which these patients can best be followed and treated during pregnancy. In addition, the organization of care around the delivery is discussed in detail. The first section provides clear advice on pre-pregnancy risk estimation, counseling of patients, medication use, and inheritance. The specific risks associated with congenital heart defects of differing severity are then explained, with guidance on monitoring and management. The coverage includes simple lesions such as atrial and ventricular septal defects, conditions associated with moderate risk, including tetralogy of Fallot and coarctation, and complex disease such as a Fontan or Mustard repair. The final section is devoted to delivery and considers the mode of delivery, anesthetic use, and postpartum care. Readers will find much information that is underreported in the literature, and the book goes well beyond the European Society of Cardiology guidelines, for example, by considering medical conditions not defined as high risk and addressing the organization of care thoroughly.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jolien W. Roos-Hesselink
    • 1
  • Mark R. Johnson
    • 2
  1. 1.Erasmus MC University Medical CenterRotterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Chelsea and Westminster HospitalLondonUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Prof. Jolien Roos-Hesselink has worked as a cardiologist since 1992 at the Erasmus MC, Department Congenital Cardiology. In 1987 she obtained her medical degree at the University of Utrecht. In 2004 she defended at the Erasmus University her thesis “Congenital Heart Disease at Adult Age”. Her clinical work and research interests lie in the area of adults with congenital heart defects, with special attention to the aortic valve defects and aortic pathology and pregnancy in people with heart disease. She was appointed in 2009 as Professor and Head of the Department of Congenital Cardiology at Erasmus MC. She is a board member of the European Working Group for congenital heart defects of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and founder and chairman of a major global registry on pregnancy in people with heart disease (ROPAC).

Prof. Mark Johnson is Professor in Clinical Obstetrics at Imperial College, based at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. He qualified from St George’s Hospital Medical School in 1982 after accrediting in General Medicine, Endocrinology and Diabetes, he retrained in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. His early research work focused on the neuroendocrinology of the oxytocin and vasopressin release, but later moved into the endocrinology of obstetrics focusing on the role of the hormone relax in reproduction. Since then the most important topics in his research activity have become preterm labour and the impact of heart disease on pregnancy outcome. He works in the combined Cardiac Disease in Pregnancy Clinic of the Chelsea and Westminster and Royal Brompton Hospitals.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Pregnancy and Congenital Heart Disease
  • Editors Jolien W. Roos-Hesselink
    Mark R. Johnson
  • Series Title Congenital Heart Disease in Adolescents and Adults
  • Series Abbreviated Title Congenital Heart Disease in Adolescents and Adults
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-38911-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-81771-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-38913-4
  • Series ISSN 2364-6659
  • Series E-ISSN 2364-6667
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 280
  • Number of Illustrations 8 b/w illustrations, 31 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cardiology
    Cardiac Surgery
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