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Case report of a 26 year old primigravida with Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) in heart failure

By AA Akintunde and OG Opadijo


Congenital heart disease is an important cause of maternal morbidity and mortality during pregnancy. Pregnancy alters the circulatory and respiratory physiology with attendant deleterious effect on the mother with congenital heart disease and the foetus. Additional insult to the circulatory physiology by other factors coexisting together with congenital heart disease can further reduce the cardiac reserve in pregnancy and precipitate heart failure. These factors include anaemia, thromboembolism, hypertension, multiple pregnancy, strenuous physical activity, extremes of temperature and the normal physiological edema of pregnancy

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Publisher: Makerere Medical School
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