Many changes occur in the maternal blood circulation that can have a potentially adverse affect on both the health of the fetus and the mother, the impact of which can increase in case of an underlying heart disease. There is an increased prevalence of cardiovascular diseases at the child bearing age in a woman. A cardiovascular evaluation should be done during pregnancy. The heart diseases which are of a great risk to the mother and fetus are severe aortic stenosis, regurgitation of aorta with NYHA class III or IV, mitral valve stenosis with NYHA class II, III or IV, mitral regurgitation with NYHA class III or IV, aortic valve diseases and maternal cyanosis.
HOW IS PREGNANCY AND HEART DISEASE DIAGNOSED?
Death is a rare occurrence during pregnancy in women with congenital diseases, however there are complications.