Cardiology is the study of the heart and its functions in health and disease.
Vassily T. Eliopoulos, MD
Specialty: Emergency Medicine
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- What is cardiology?
What are the dangers of pregnancy if I have BAV disease?
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.
How common is heart disease in women in the United States?
Cardiovascular (heart and vessel) disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. More women have died of this disease than cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and accidents combined. At any one time, 1 in 3 women have some form of cardiovascular disease (hypertension, stroke, or coronary artery disease).
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