Transthoracic echocardiographic assessment of the heart in pregnancy—a position statement on behalf of the British Society of Echocardiography and the United Kingdom Maternal Cardiology Society

Stephanie L. Curtis, Mark Belham, Sadie Bennett, Rachael James, Allan Harkness, Wendy Gamlin, Baskaran Thilaganathan, Veronica Giorgione, Hannah Douglas, Aisling Carroll, Jamie Kitt, Claire Colebourn, Isabel Ribeiro, Sarah Fairbairn, Daniel X. Augustine, Shaun Robinson, Sara A. Thorne

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Pregnancy is a dynamic process associated with profound hormonally mediated haemodynamic changes which result in structural and functional adaptations in the cardiovascular system. An understanding of the myocardial adaptations is important for echocardiographers and clinicians undertaking or interpreting echocardiograms on pregnant and post-partum women. This guideline, on behalf of the British Society of Echocardiography and United Kingdom Maternal Cardiology Society, reviews the expected echocardiographic findings in normal pregnancy and in different cardiac disease states, as well as echocardiographic signs of decompensation. It aims to lay out a structure for echocardiographic scanning and surveillance during and after pregnancy as well as suggesting practical advice on scanning pregnant women.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7
JournalEcho Research and Practice
Issue number1
Early online date20 Apr 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Apr 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Echocardiography
  • Obstetric
  • Pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing

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