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Scholars Day: April 10, 2013

Cardiovascular Health During Pregnancy: A Comprehensive Review of the Literature

This presentation outlines the complex relationship between pregnancy and cardiovascular health. More than 1% (and approximately up to 3%) of all pregnancies are afflicted with cardiac disease. Cardiac disease is one of the most common and leading causes of non-obstetric-related maternal deaths during pregnancy. Women who are born with cardiac defects or conditions have exacerbated symptoms due to the increased cardiac demands of pregnancy. In addition, many develop secondary cardiac diseases and complications, such as peripartum cardiomyopathy, throughout pregnancy and in the immediate postpartum period. Women who exhibit certain risk factors, such as excessive weight gain and obesity prior to and throughout pregnancy, are more likely to contribute to worsening cardiac complications, higher maternal morbidity and mortality rates, as well as poorer neonatal and fetal outcomes.

Presenter: Erin Kirkpatrick (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Nursing
Location: 30 Hartwell
Time: 10:45 am (Session II)
Please note that presentation times are approximate. If you are interested in attending sessions with multiple presentations, please be in the room at the start of the session.