Cardiovascular Considerations in Caring for Pregnant Patients: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association

Circulation. 2020 Jun 9;141(23):e884-e903. doi: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000000772. Epub 2020 May 4.


Cardio-obstetrics has emerged as an important multidisciplinary field that requires a team approach to the management of cardiovascular disease during pregnancy. Cardiac conditions during pregnancy include hypertensive disorders, hypercholesterolemia, myocardial infarction, cardiomyopathies, arrhythmias, valvular disease, thromboembolic disease, aortic disease, and cerebrovascular diseases. Cardiovascular disease is the primary cause of pregnancy-related mortality in the United States. Advancing maternal age and preexisting comorbid conditions have contributed to the increased rates of maternal mortality. Preconception counseling by the multidisciplinary cardio-obstetrics team is essential for women with preexistent cardiac conditions or history of preeclampsia. Early involvement of the cardio-obstetrics team is critical to prevent maternal morbidity and mortality during the length of the pregnancy and 1 year postpartum. A general understanding of cardiovascular disease during pregnancy should be a core knowledge area for all cardiovascular and primary care clinicians. This scientific statement provides an overview of the diagnosis and management of cardiovascular disease during pregnancy.

Keywords: AHA Scientific Statements; cardiovascular disease; maternal mortality; obstetrics; pregnancy.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • American Heart Association*
  • Delivery, Obstetric / methods
  • Delivery, Obstetric / standards*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Postnatal Care / methods
  • Postnatal Care / standards*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Cardiovascular / diagnosis
  • Pregnancy Complications, Cardiovascular / epidemiology*
  • Pregnancy Complications, Cardiovascular / therapy*
  • United States / epidemiology