UMEM Educational Pearls

Category: Cardiology

Title: pregnancy and acute MI

Keywords: pregnancy, acute myocardial infarction, heart disease (PubMed Search)

Posted: 4/12/2009 by Amal Mattu, MD (Updated: 8/15/2022)
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Pregnancy is a risk factor for AMI, increasing the risk 3-4-fold. The risk is accentuated with age, especially in women > 40 yo in whom the risk is 30-fold higher. Overall, heart disease is the biggest [non-obstetric-related] killer of pregnant women in the developed world, surpassing even thromboembolic disease. [Roos-Hesselink, et al. Pregnancy in high risk cardiac conditions. Heart 2009;95:680-686.]