Cardiac Related High-Risk Pregnancy
Your body goes through many changes during pregnancy. Some of those changes involve your heart. Most women do not develop heart conditions during pregnancy, but those who do can choose specialist care from Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute.
We also treat women who had congenital heart disease or other heart conditions before their pregnancy. And we help families navigate high-risk pregnancy, doing everything we can to protect both mom and baby.
How Can Pregnancy Affect My Heart?
Pregnancy can cause heart problems in otherwise healthy women. Often, we don’t know why different conditions occur or what causes them. Some high-risk pregnancy conditions we treat include:
- Preeclampsia, or persistent high blood pressure during pregnancy along with protein in the urine. Symptoms may include swelling and headaches. We keep a close watch on women who are diagnosed with preeclampsia. We can treat the condition with medications to help keep them safe until delivery (and after delivery, if necessary).
- Gestational hypertension, high blood pressure during pregnancy without protein in the urine. As with preeclampsia, we can use medication to control the mother’s blood pressure.
- Peripartum cardiomyopathy, or heart failure toward the end of pregnancy. It may resolve on its own or worsen after delivery. We monitor women who have peripartum cardiomyopathy very closely.
We also treat pregnant women with a history of coronary artery disease or congenital heart disease (such as women who had heart surgery as a child). In cases where the fetus may have a heart condition, such as an arrhythmia, we treat the mother to treat the fetus.
How We Care for Cardiac-Related High-Risk Pregnancy
Having a heart condition during pregnancy can feel all-consuming and frightening. We have a special focus on helping women and their families navigate this potentially stressful time. We offer:
- Seamless connections between OB/GYNs and cardiologists: We work with OB/GYNs to coordinate your treatment and share information with your doctors. When you choose Memorial to help navigate a high-risk pregnancy, you’ll receive one-stop care, with everything you need in one place.
- Treatment for a wide range of heart conditions related to pregnancy: When it comes to less-common conditions, that’s when receiving care from experienced specialists matters most. We see a wide range of women who are pregnant and have an accompanying heart condition. We can treat even rare conditions, such as peripartum cardiomyopathy (a kind of cardiomyopathy).
- Adult congenital heart disease program: We offer an accredited adult congenital heart disease program, as well as the full resources of a heart institute. That expertise means we can treat women before and after delivery. If your condition doesn’t resolve after delivery, we can treat future heart-related complications. Our advanced center offers therapies up to and including heart transplant.
- Partnership with pediatric cardiologists: Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital is part of Memorial, and we work closely with doctors at the pediatric heart institute. On the adult side, we take care of the mothers. The pediatric team cares for babies and children of all ages. If the fetus has a treatable heart condition, we work with pediatric cardiologists to determine how to treat the mother.
To schedule an appointment or learn more about heart and vascular care at Memorial, call 855-400-6284.