Maternal and neonatal complications in women with congenital heart disease: A nationwide analysis
European Heart Journal — Lammers AE, Diller GP, Lober R, et al. | October 15, 2021
The pregnancies in women with congenital heart disease (CHD) were analyzed to describe maternal and neonatal complications and outcomes linked with these pregnancies.
Analyzing administrative data from one of the largest German Health Insurance Companies (BARMER GEK, ∼9 million members representative for Germany), researchers retrieved data of 7,512 pregnancies occurring in 4,015 women with CHD.
A total of 6,502 women with 11,225 pregnancies were included in the matched non-CHD control group.
Outcomes revealed a reassuringly low maternal mortality rate in this highly developed healthcare system.
However, women with ACHD and their offspring exhibit significantly increased maternal morbidity and neonatal morbidity/mortality when compared with non-ACHD controls emphasizing the necessity for specialized care and pre-pregnancy counselling.
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