Am J Cardiovasc Dis 2012;2(2):96-101

Review Article
Cardiοvascular diseases in pregnancy

Dimitrios Godosis, Spyridon Komaitis, Konstantinos Tziomalos, Maria Baltatzi, Georgios Ntaios, Christos G Savopoulos,
Apostolos I Hatzitolios

1st Medical Propedeutic Department, Medical School, Aristotles University of Thessaloniki, AHEPA Hospital, Thessaloniki,

Received January 31, 2012; accepted March 11, 2012; Epub May 15, 2012; Published June 15, 2012

Abstract: Gestation is a period of significant physiological changes that can severely affect the function of many systems,
including the cardiovascular. The deviation from the standard that occurs during pregnancy may cause the deterioration of
pre-existent cardiovascular diseases or the appearance of new ones. In this review we will present the most common
congenital and acquired cardiovascular diseases, their clinical expression and therapeutic procedures according to the
latest international guidelines. (AJCD1201002).

Keywords: Gestation, pregnancy, cardiovascular, heart disease, hypertension, stroke, arrhythmias

Address all correspondence to:
Dr. Apostolos I. Hatzitolios
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
1st Medical Propedeutic Dept, AHEPA Hospital
Stilponos Kyriakidi 1, PC 54636
Thessaloniki, Greece.
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