ACC 2012: Pregnancy greatly increases heart attack risk

Access to the full content of this site is available only to registered healthcare professionals. Register to read more

Heart attacks that occur during pregnancy can be more severe with more complications, according to research performed by Uri Elkayam, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and colleagues. They also occur for different reasons, requiring different management.

The researchers analyzed 150 new cases of heart attacks associated with pregnancy occurring since 2005. The analysis found that most pregnant women did not present with traditional cardiovascular risk factors, such as hypertension, diabetes, or high cholesterol, yet they tended to have more serious heart attacks. Mortality in that patient population was 7%, which is two to three times higher than would be expected in non-pregnant patients of similar age...