Cardiac disease is the leading cause of indirect maternal death in the UK and the majority of deaths are from acquired heart disease.
Cardiomyopathy is a heterogeneous term and with regard to pregnancy encompasses fourbroad groups – dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) and arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC).
At present studies on all of these conditions are relatively limited, therefore this study is needed to determine what the outcomes are for pregnant women with these conditions and to identify if they are receiving access to specialist services for women with known previous cardiomyopathy.
1st June 2021 – 31st May 2024
Cardiac disease is the leading cause of death in pregnancy in the UK, with approximately one third of maternal cardiac deaths being due to cardiomyopathy and related myocardial disease(1). Maternal and neonatal outcomes for women with known cardiomyopathy appear to be worse when compared with many other forms of heart disease but studies are very limited. Studies of women with dilated cardiomyopathy, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy include fewer than 100 women and there is thus a paucity of data describing maternal and fetal outcomes (2-4). Women with previous peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) make up a small subset of the cohort of women with known cardiomyopathy, and previous PPCM is associated with high maternal morbidity and mortality (5). Consensus guidelines currently recommend that women who have been diagnosed with PPCM are advised against a future pregnancy regardless of whether they have full recovery in myocardial function, although it is acknowledged that women with persistent myocardial dysfunction following their index pregnancy are more likely to relapse in a future pregnancy and there is a greater chance of maternal death. At present data on subsequent pregnancy in women with PPCM is drawn from a small number of studies and does not adequately address maternal and fetal outcomes.
To use the UK Obstetric Surveillance System (UKOSS) to describe the incidence, risk factors, current management and outcomes of pregnancy in women with known previous cardiomyopathy.
What is the incidence of women with a prior history of cardiomyopathy who have gone on to have subsequent pregnancies in the UK?
Do women with a prior history of cardiomyopathy receive appropriate preconception counselling?
How are women with a prior history of cardiomyopathy risk assessed for relapse/recurrence?
How are women with a prior history cardiomyopathy managed during subsequent pregnancies?
What are the fetal and maternal outcomes in women with an established diagnosis of cardiomyopathy in the UK?
All pregnant women with an established diagnosis of cardiomyopathy.
This includes women with known dilated cardiomyopathy, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, previousperipartum cardiomyopathy and arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC).
This study is funded by Heart Research UK.
Ethics committee approval
This study has been approved by the North London Brent REC (Ref. Number: 10/H0717/20).
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