Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in Pregnancy

Wenners Ballard, Brittany Dixon, Colleen A. McEvoy, Amanda K. Verma

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Pulmonary arterial hypertension is a rare disease that predominantly affects women. The pathophysiology of the disease is complex, with both genetic and hormonal influences. Pregnancy causes significant physiologic changes that may not be well tolerated with underlying pulmonary arterial hypertension, in particular leading to volume overload and increased pulmonary pressures. A multidisciplinary approach and careful monitoring are essential for appropriate management of pulmonary arterial hypertension during pregnancy. Nonetheless, outcomes are still poor, and pregnancy is considered a contraindication in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-118
Number of pages10
JournalCardiology clinics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2021


  • Heart failure
  • Management
  • Outcomes
  • Pregnancy
  • Pulmonary arterial hypertension


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