Any pregnancy takes a toll on the mother’s body. Systems adapt in order to accommodate this new life and occasionally the physical stress of pregnancy and birth causes injury, especially if the mother has existing health complications. One such complication that can potentially cause injury or death is heart disease. In fact, maternal heart disease is one of the leading causes of fatalities during birth in the U.S.
Though maternal heart disease cannot always be prevented, a poor birth plan and substandard medical care can. If you or a loved one have suffered injury, don’t hesitate to contact our birth injury lawyers.
The heart and circulatory system are one of the most impacted areas of a woman’s body during pregnancy. To nourish the developing child, the mother’s blood volume increases by 30-50%. This means that the heart has to exert more energy to keep up with the change.
Cardiac complications such as the following may occur during pregnancy:
The birth risks associated with any of these conditions can be lessened with proper planning and careful physician attention. If you feel you or your child may have been injured due to medical malpractice or a malfunctioning artificial heart valve, contact Murphy, Falcon & Murphy.
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