Cardiovascular Drugs in Pregnancy

  • Jeffrey M. Dicke

Abstract

Cardiac conduction disorders during pregnancy are generally well tolerated and of minimal functional significance to the mother. However, the potential for hemodynamic decompensation and attendant pejorative effects on uterine blood flow dictates that the obstetrician be familiar with the indications for pharmacologic management of arrhythmias as well as the maternal and fetal consequences of such therapy. As is the case with many therapeutic agents, substantive knowledge of pharmacologic properties unique to the maternal/fetal unit is limited with regard to antiarrhythmic therapy. Use of these agents therefore necessitates an appreciation of the underlying pathology and therapeutic options, with decisions often based on clinical judgment rather than concrete recommendations.

Keywords

Cardiol Glycoside Hypoglycemia Pectin Bupivacaine 

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