We have a unique program dedicated to your heart health before, during and after pregnancy. Our Pregnancy and Heart Disease Program was specifically designed to meet your needs during this special time, whether you were previously diagnosed with a heart condition and are thinking about getting pregnant, currently are pregnant, or have developed a new pregnancy-related condition, such as peripartum cardiomyopathy, new arrhythmias, or severe preeclampsia.
Our program is a collaboration between maternal fetal medicine specialists and cardiologist in the Women's Cardiovascular Center and is designed to offer convenient, evidence-based, comprehensive care.
Our high risk obstetricians specialize in treating women whose heart health may cause their pregnancy to be considered high risk. We offer:
Our team has experience in treating women with heart disease who are considering pregnancy or women who are newly diagnosed during pregnancy. We have expertise in:
- Understanding the changes that the heart and vascular system go through before, during, and after pregnancy
- Monitoring heart health during delivery and immediately postpartum, including designated labor and delivery rooms and postpartum rooms with cardiac monitoring and telemetry.
- The safe use of medications, diagnostic studies, and procedures during pregnancy and lactation
Lisa D. Levine, MD, MSCE
Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal Fetal Medicine
- Director, Pregnancy and Heart Disease Program
- Program Director, Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship
- Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
If you have heart disease and are pregnant, you will meet with a member of our Maternal Fetal Medicine team. If you have heart disease and are planning to become pregnant, you should be evaluated first by one of our Women’s Cardiovascular Health Program providers.
We can help you find the provider that is right for you. Call 800-789-PENN (7366) to request an appointment.
Heart Disease During Pregnancy
Our cardiologists commonly provide the diagnosis and treatment of chest pain, palpitations, and shortness of breath during pregnancy. Some of the specific conditions we commonly treat include:
Postpartum Heart Health
Some women are diagnosed with conditions during pregnancy such as diabetes, hypertension or preeclampsia that can have long-term consequences for heart health. We will work with you to develop a plan to reduce your future risk of cardiovascular disease through appropriate screening, treatment, and lifestyle modifications.