JACK M. KAUFMAN, M.D.; PAUL E. RUBLE, M.D.
As with every endeavor in medicine, we should stop frequently to re-evaluate the old, add the new, and discard tenets which are no longer applicable. The pregnant cardiac who formerly was said to be a candidate for abortion is now able to continue through pregnancy with safety to both mother and child. This recent change in prognosis is due to a better understanding of the physiology of pregnancy, improved medical management and modern heart surgery. We feel that, when indicated, operation should be done even during pregnancy. This may be done without fear of subsequent miscarriage or excessive risk to
KAUFMAN JM, RUBLE PE. THE CURRENT STATUS OF THE PREGNANT CARDIAC1. Ann Intern Med. ;48:1157–1170. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-48-6-1157
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1958;48(6):1157-1170.
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