Endocarditis during Pregnancy

Maria E. Montoya, Bernard M. Karnath, Masood Ahmad

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The incidence of infective endocarditis during pregnancy has been reported to be 0.006%. The maternal mortality rate can reach 33%, with most deaths related to heart failure or an embolic event. The rate of fetal mortality can reach 29%. Heart diseases are the most important nonobstetric causes of maternal death during pregnancy, accounting for 10% of maternal deaths. As many as 3% of women have a form of cardiac disease diagnosed during or in the period preceding pregnancy, with 70 to 80% of the cardiac conditions having congenital causes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1156-1157
Number of pages2
JournalSouthern medical journal
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2003

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  • Medicine(all)


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