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Heart disease no. 1 cause of pregnancy-related deaths in California
Date:11/17/2013

ents, researchers said. One third of the patients who died had delayed or failed to seek care, 10 percent refused medical advice and 27 percent did not recognize their symptoms as cardiovascular.

"Women should attain and maintain proper weight before and during pregnancy, and talk to their doctors if they have personal or family histories of heart disease," Hameed said. "And healthcare providers should be referring pregnant women who complain of symptoms consistent with cardiac disease to specialists, especially when these risk factors are present. Women with evidence of substance abuse should receive early referral for treatment."

But, Hameed noted, it is impossible to know if earlier diagnosis and intervention would have prevented death in these cases "as missed cues to the presence of heart disease were common."


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American Heart Association
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