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M.A.C.  HEALTH

MARIE MOYE

MATERNAL AND CHILDREN

Heart Health before, during and after pregnancy

Mind, Body, Spirit

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of pregnancy-related mortality in the United States and has gradually increased over time (from 7.2 to 17.2 deaths per 100 000 live births from 1987–2015).1 The rise in maternal mortality has been attributed to increasing numbers of women at advanced maternal age undertaking pregnancy, comorbid preexisting conditions such as diabetes mellitus and hypertension, and the growing number of women with congenital heart disease surviving to childbearing age.1,2 Racial and ethnic disparities in pregnancy-related mortality are significant, peaking among black non-Hispanic women followed by American Indian/Alaskan Native non-Hispanic women, Asian/Pacific Islander non-Hispanic women, white non-Hispanic women, and Hispanic women (42.8, 32.5, 14.2, 13.0, and 11.4 deaths per 100 000 live births, respectively).1

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