Obstetric Drugs in the Management of Cardiovascular Disease

  • Catherine ElliottEmail author
Part of the Current Cardiovascular Therapy book series (CCT)


Cardiac Disease complicates 0.6 % of pregnancies in South Africa (Sliwa et al. 2010). The term cardiac disease encompasses all possible heart disease from structural congenital lesions, to functional abnormalities and acquired valve lesions. When women suffering from cardiac disease conceive, the physiological haemodynamic changes in pregnancy as well as potential obstetric complications can result in cardiac deterioration. Medications used in the management of both routine general obstetrics and in the case of obstetric emergencies may adversely affect the heart function. Knowledge of the mechanisms of action of obstetric medications and potential side effects is vital when managing pregnant women with heart disease.


Preterm Labour Postpartum Haemorrhage Uterine Contraction Ergot Alkaloid Magnesium Sulphate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynaecologyGroote Schuur HospitalCape TownSouth Africa

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