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Most Mothers Born with Heart Defects Can Become Pregnant & Give Birth Safely; Expert Medical Care & Counselling Are Essential

Photo: European Heart Journal

Most women who are born with heart defects can safely become pregnant and give birth to healthy babies with few or minor problems if they are supported by expert medical care and counseling, according to research published in the European Heart Journal today (Wednesday). [1]

In the last few decades, advances in heart surgery have meant that more babies born with congenital heart disease (CHD) have survived and have reached reproductive age but, until now, the risks to women with CHD of becoming pregnant and giving birth have not been clear. Doctors often advised ...