Pregnancy puts added stress on the heart and major blood vessels so it is important that you consult with your cardiologist, who regularly treats patients with bicuspid aortic valve disease (an abnormality of the aortic valve) and/or aortic aneurysm (enlargement of the aorta), before becoming pregnant. Your health care team will determine if it is safe for you to become pregnant based on the size of your aorta, your heart muscle function and the severity of your aortic valve disease. Some women with moderate or severe aortic stenosis (narrowing of the aortic valve opening) who become pregnant have needed surgery for their valve after delivery, earlier than expected due to accelerated progression of the disease.
Irina Goldvekht, DO
Specialty: Internal Medicine
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