Introducing and Implementing Genetic Assessment in Cardio-Obstetrics Clinical Practice: Clinical and Genetic Workup of Patients with Cardiomyopathy

Ghadeera Al Mansoori, Wael Al Mahmeed, Saleema Wani, Bashir Taha Salih, Tarek El Ansari, Fathima Farook, Zenab Farooq, Howaida Khair, Kornelia Zaręba, Nahid Al Dhahouri, Anjana Raj, Roger S. Foo, Bassam R. Ali, Fatma Al Jasmi, Nadia Akawi

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Cardiovascular disease (CVD) during pregnancy varies significantly worldwide, influenced by factors such as access to healthcare, delayed diagnosis, causes, and risk factors. Our study sought to explore the spectrum of CVD present in pregnant women in the United Arab Emirates to better understand this population’s unique needs and challenges. Central to our study is an emphasis on the importance of implementing a multidisciplinary approach that involves the collaboration of obstetricians, cardiologists, geneticists, and other healthcare professionals to ensure that patients receive comprehensive and coordinated care. This approach can also help identify high-risk patients and implement preventive measures to reduce the occurrence of adverse maternal outcomes. Furthermore, increasing awareness among women about the risk of CVD during pregnancy and obtaining detailed family histories can help in the early identification and management of these conditions. Genetic testing and family screening can also aid in identifying inherited CVD that can be passed down through families. To illustrate the significance of such an approach, we provide a comprehensive analysis of five women’s cases from our retrospective study of 800 women. The findings from our study emphasize the importance of addressing maternal cardiac health in pregnancy and the need for targeted interventions and improvements in the existing healthcare system to reduce adverse maternal outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9119
JournalInternational journal of molecular sciences
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023


  • cardio-obstetrics clinic
  • cardiovascular disease
  • genetics
  • inherited cardiomyopathy
  • preconception counselling
  • pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Molecular Biology
  • Spectroscopy
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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