The role of echocardiography in cardiovascular diseases assessment during pregnancy


Authors: J. Král
Authors‘ workplace: Univerzita Karlova v Praze, 1. lékařská fakulta, III. interní klinika VFN
Published in: Čas. Lék. čes. 2009; 148: 374-378
Category: Review Article

Overview

Maternal heart disease complicates at least 1% of pregnancies and is one of the most important causes of maternal death. Echocardiographic examination provides valuable information about the size and function of cardiac chambers, valve morphology and function, hemodynamic consequences of various cardiac pathologies. It is particularly important during pregnancy when the complaints and physical signs may be misleading. Echocardiography is well suited to rapid diagnosis in pregnant women with known or suspected cardiac disorders. This review article deals with the contribution of echocardiography to precise diagnosis and management of cardiovascular diseases in pregnancy.

Key words:
pregnancy, echocardiography, cardiovascular diseases.


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