The role of the anesthesiologist in the care of the parturient with cardiac disease
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AbstractWomen with cardiac disease constitute a growing percentage of parturients, and in many series cardiac disease is the leading cause of maternal mortality. Involvement of anesthesiologists in the planning for and management of delivery in these women can improve the experience and potentially the outcome of these patients. Communication with the anesthesiology team about particularly complex cases is essential to avoid both medical complications and inter-disciplinary disagreements. The specific role and contributions of the anesthesiology team will depend significantly on the nature of the institution and the organization of the (obstetric) anesthesiology service.

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