Chapter 62. Heart Disease and Pregnancy

  1. Salim Yusuf DPhil, FRCPC, FRSC Research Chair Professor of Medicine Director Vice President Research3,4,5,
  2. John A Cairns MD, FRCPC Professor of Medicine Former Dean6,
  3. A John Camm MD British Heart Foundation Professor Head of Cardiac7,
  4. Ernest L Fallen MD, FRCPC Professor Emeritus8 and
  5. Bernard J Gersh MB, ChB, DPhil Consultant Professor of Medicine9
  1. Rachel M Wald MD, FRCPC Staff Cardiologist Assistant Professor1 and
  2. Samuel C Siu MD, SM Gunton Professor Chair2

Published Online: 21 MAY 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444309768.ch62

Evidence-Based Cardiology, Third Edition

Evidence-Based Cardiology, Third Edition

How to Cite

Wald, R. M. and Siu, S. C. (2009) Heart Disease and Pregnancy, in Evidence-Based Cardiology, Third Edition (eds S. Yusuf, J. A. Cairns, A. J. Camm, E. L. Fallen and B. J. Gersh), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444309768.ch62

Editor Information

  1. 3

    McMaster University, Canada

  2. 4

    Population Health Research Institute, McMaster University, Hamilton Health Sciences, Canada

  3. 5

    Hamilton Health Sciences, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

  4. 6

    Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

  5. 7

    St George's University of London, London, UK

  6. 8

    McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

  7. 9

    Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    University Health Network and Hospital for Sick Children, Department of Pediatrics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

  2. 2

    Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAY 2010
  2. Published Print: 13 NOV 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405159258

Online ISBN: 9781444309768



  • heart disease and pregnancy;
  • cardiovascular physiology and pregnancy - peripheral vascular resistance;
  • specific cardiac lesions associated outcomes - congenital heart lesions;
  • cyanotic congenital heart disease (CHD);
  • tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) repair and pulmonary regurgitation (PR);
  • Mitral stenosis (MS) - rheumatic valvular lesion during pregnancy


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Cardiovascular physiology and pregnancy

  • Outcomes associated with specific cardiac lesions

  • Management

  • Conclusion

  • References