Is Pregnancy Risky for Women with Dilated Cardiomyopathy?


My wife is 28. She was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy last year and she is pregnant now. What should we expect in her pregnancy?


You should have your wife receive antenatal care as usual, meanwhile, she needs cardiology reviews more often, having it every four or six weeks with an echo in each visit. Her doctor may recommend you a delivery through the vagina, for it is much safer in her condition. If there is a change in her ventricular function, even it is only a minor change, an early delivery must be taken into consideration to avoid further risks.

It is hard to predict possible influence of pregnancy in dilated cardiomyopathy. One of the potential complications is a downturn in ventricular function. Generally, if the pump function of the heart is good before pregnancy, the condition will be better than pregnancy with damaged heart function.


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