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Heart Disease &Pregnancy

Overview

When you’re pregnant, the amount of blood in your body increases to help your baby develop and grow. Your heart has to work harder to pump the extra blood, which can lead to symptoms similar to a heart attack. 

If you have an existing heart condition, or have symptoms of heart disease, and are pregnant, talk to your doctor right away. You may need special care to protect yourself and your baby during your pregnancy.

Symptoms

If you have heart disease while pregnant, you may experience symptoms similar to a heart attack. They include:
 
  • A racing heart rate
  • Heart murmurs
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness

Diagnosis

To find out how your heart condition is affecting your pregnancy, your doctor may do lab tests or diagnostic tests, such as an echocardiogram or an electrocardiogram (EKG). Both are safe for pregnant women.

Services & Treatment

Based on the results of testing, your team will work with you on a treatment plan to keep both you and your baby healthy.

If you’re pregnant or thinking about having a baby, talk with your cardiologist if you have:

  • A congenital heart defect 
  • Arrhythmia 
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Valve disease (aortic valve stenosis or mitral valve stenosis) 
Our cardiologists work closely with our obstetricians, pediatricians and cardiac pediatricians.  So you’ll receive personalized, expert care you and your baby need to stay healthy.

Why Aurora?

You're at the Heart of Our Care 

Aurora Health Care offers coordinated care for preventing, diagnosing and treating heart and vascular disease. World-renowned heart and vascular specialists diagnose and treat all types of cardiovascular conditions and disorders, using the most advanced state-of-the-art tools and technologies available today. 

We have 15 hospitals and 155 clinics throughout eastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois so you can find a location that's closest to you. 

What’s all this mean to you? Convenient, coordinated and expert care.  

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