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The Obstetric Cardiology Program is dedicated to making pregnancy safer for women with heart conditions.
Women with congenital or acquired cardiac disease require specialized care during pregnancy. At the Obstetric Cardiology Program at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian, women receive care from a team of experts specializing in maternal fetal medicine, cardiology and anesthesiology.
This team helps care for women and their pregnancies that are complicated by heart conditions, including:
• Maternal congenital cardiac disease, such as Tetralogy of Fallot and transposition of the great vessels
• Maternal acquired cardiac disease, such as rheumatic heart disease and pulmonary hypertension
• Maternal arrhythmias in pregnancy
• Peripartum cardiomyopathy
• Cardiac disease secondary to other medical conditions, such as lupus, thalassemia major and diabetes
• Connective tissue disorders including Marfan Syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and Loeys-Dietz Syndrome
The Obstetric Cardiology Program also offers preconception counseling to help patients with cardiac disease understand their options.
Expert Care from Preconception to Postpartum
We provide care for a wide range of patients from those thinking about starting a family to women who may have developed a problem during pregnancy – using a personalized, team-based approach.
Preconception counseling is available to women who are considering a future pregnancy. During the visit, our maternal fetal medicine experts will review your history, discuss the risks for a future pregnancy in detail and formulate a personalized care plan.
During pregnancy, patients are closely monitored by our team of cardiac, obstetric and anesthesia experts. Together, they will develop an individualized delivery plan tailored to each woman’s health needs and goals.
Following birth, the Obstetric Cardiology Program provides postpartum care and monitoring.
The Obstetric Cardiology Program will coordinate care with the patient’s other physicians, as needed. Additionally, the program enhances the quality of care across the continuum by referring patients within Weill Cornell Medicine’s extensive network. Our electronic medical record system provides integrated care for pediatric cardiologists, registered dieticians, social workers and other specialists.
Throughout the process, a patient coordinator:
• Schedules any required tests and appointments with each physician on their care team
• Assists with acquiring medical records
• Provides any additional support needed
Why Choose Weill Cornell Medicine?
Weill Cornell Medicine provides comprehensive, individualized care from leaders in the field. We are one of the leading academic medical centers in the country, with nationally-ranked programs in cardiology as well as obstetrics and gynecology. Our anesthesiology division has received the designation as a Center of Excellence for obstetric anesthesia care.
Our physicians are also scientists dedicated to developing innovative and superior ways to treat heart disease and help women. Best practices are implemented into practice to ensure patients receive care rooted in the latest scientific discoveries. When appropriate, patients may also have the option to participate in clinical trials, which provide access to cutting-edge therapies that may not be available elsewhere.
Contact us today at (212) 746-3266 to learn more about the Obstetric Cardiology Program or to schedule an appointment.