Doctors Told Us I Should Never Get Pregnant

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A Few Words from Deya's Doctors

Cardiologist Richard Krasuski
Just 30 or 40 years ago, patients like Deya wouldn't make it past childhood. Now there are more than a million adults in the United States living with heart defects. Almost daily I have a conversation with one of my heart patients about pregnancy. But Deya's situation was definitely the most complex -- a 9 on a scale of 1 to 10. Her heart valve could have caused clotting, she could have had heavy bleeding because of the blood thinners, and she was at risk for heart failure. She had a very real chance of dying. But when she got pregnant she was in terrific physical condition, so we felt that she would make it through.

Obstetrician Fadi Khoury
Early on in her pregnancy we were worried about birth defects from the blood thinner. Then we worried about her heart as it got more and more stressed. The blood volume that the heart has to pump increases by about 50 percent during pregnancy. We were also concerned about the baby's growth. If the mom has a compromised heart, it may lead to less blood flow to the baby. We're so happy everything went smoothly. Deya's heart is remarkably strong today.


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