Journal of Echocardiography
Online ISSN : 1880-344X
Print ISSN : 1349-0222
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Role of Echocardiography in Assessing Pregnant Women With and Without Heart Disease
Chizuko KamiyaSatoshi NakataniShuji HashimotoYoshikazu MasudaReiko NekiTomoaki Ikeda
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2008 Volume 6 Issue 2 Pages 29-38

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The cardiocirculatory changes during pregnancy and delivery are marked. In some diseases and conditions, the maternal and fetal risks are high. Echocardiography plays a very important role to diagnose and to follow up in pregnant women with heart diseases, because it is noninvasive and does not expose the patients to radiation. We reviewed the value of echocardiography to determine the conditions under which women with heart disease can tolerate pregnancy, and the fetomaternal prognosis for major heart diseases.

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