heart disease and pregnancyA recent report published through a study at Oxford University reveals a number of cases involving pregnant women and heart disease, during which physicians have failed to intervene and treat the cardiovascular condition.

Because pregnancy and childbirth often exert extra strain on the heart, which is exacerbated by pre-existing and underlying conditions, several deaths of fatal heart attacks have occurred without warning. Pregnancy itself stresses the heart and circulatory system, as blood volume increases by up to 50%, in order to nourish the growing baby. Moreover, the amount of blood pumped by the heart also increases by up to 50%. Read more