Dr. Kelvin Ki-Wan Chan, Dr. Chun-Ka Wong, 20180710000000
Case 1: Madam A became pregnant at 38 years of age. She carried a class IV risk under the modified WHO classification of maternal cardiovascular risk, for which pregnancy was contraindicated. Termination of pregnancy was repeatedly suggested, but the couple opted to continue with the pregnancy.
Case 2: Madam B had had hypertension since early adolescence. Apart from being obese with a Body Mass Index of 34 kg/m2and fatty liver disease, extensive investigations were unrevealing. Her family history was unremarkable. She was then lost to follow-up. At 24 years of age, madam B was referred back to our hospital for a high-risk pregnancy situation during her first trimester.
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Women have more cardiac risk factors than men, yet are more likely to be categorized as being at lower risk based on standard scoring test for cardiovascular risk, according to the PROMISE* study presented at the 65th American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting. This highlights the need for sex-specific approaches to the diagnosis of heart disease.