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J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 1999 May;12(5):324-5.

Doppler echocardiography as a predictor of pregnancy outcome in the presence of aortic stenosis: A case report.

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Department of Cardiology, Texas Heart Institute/St Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Houston 77030, USA.


Aortic stenosis in pregnancy can be a life-threatening condition, but fortunately it is rare. In the modern era, careful obstetric and cardiologic monitoring, particularly through echocardiography, have improved fetal and maternal outcomes. However, a test that could predict outcome has not been available for patients with aortic stenosis who seek prepregnancy counseling. We report a case in which exercise Doppler echocardiography was used to predict cardiac function and maximal gradients in a woman with a bicuspid aortic valve who wished to become pregnant.

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