Myocardial infarction and pregnancy
- Myocardial infarction is a rare but life-threatening medical condition during pregnancy.
- If unrecognised and not managed appropriately, the associated mortality and morbidity are high.
- A high index of suspicion, early diagnosis and treatment are essential.
- Multidisciplinary management involving the obstetric physician, cardiologist, anaesthetists and obstetrician is key to improving outcomes.
- To revise the physiological cardiovascular changes in pregnancy.
- To recognise the pathophysiology of myocardial infarction during pregnancy.
- Identify risks factors for myocardial infarction.
- Recognise symptoms and signs of myocardial infarction.
- To learn the general management principles of myocardial infarction in pregnancy.
- Should asymptomatic pregnant women with multiple risk factors be screened for coronary heart disease?