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Cardiovascular obstetric program

SPECIALIZED CARE FOR WOMEN WITH PRE-EXISTING CARDIOVASCULAR CONDITIONS OR HIGH RISK FOR CARDIOVASCULAR COMPLICATIONS DURING AND/OR AFTER PREGNANCY

The cardiovascular obstetric program at Allina Health Minnesota Perinatal Physicians is a collaborative, multidisciplinary team approach to care for women with underlying acquired heart disease, palliative and/or corrected congenital heart disease within the setting of pregnancy.

Our team includes experts and specialists from Allina Health Minnesota Perinatal Physicians (MPP), Allina Health Minneapolis Heart Institute, Midwest Adult Congenital Cardiac Clinic and Children’s Heart Clinic who provide care and coordination for a seamless transition from pre-pregnancy consultation and pregnancy management through delivery and up to 12 weeks postpartum.

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Why Allina Health Minnesota Perinatal Physicians?
  • We're the only regional maternal fetal medicine program offering collaborative visits with specialists
  • Our multidisciplinary team approach ensures seamless care
  • RN care coordination guides you at every step and coordinates visits
  • We continually assess, evaluate and modify based on your clinical condition
  • We collaborate with you and your specialty care team to create an individualized care plan

Cardiovascular obstetric care at Allina Health Minnesota Perinatal Physicians

Our cardiovascular obstetric program treats the most complex maternal cardiac patients. We have a team of highly specialized experts who work together seamlessly to provide you with the care that meets your specific needs in a supportive, reassuring environment.

Your care team includes:

  • physicians (maternal-fetal medicine specialists, cardiologists and OB hospitalists)
  • advanced practice and perinatal nurses
  • doctors of pharmacy
  • genetic counselors
  • social workers
  • nurse coordinators
  • sonographers and echo technicians
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Conditions we treat
  • Maternal cardiac concerns
  • Maternal congenital heart disease
  • Maternal acquired heart disease (arrhythmias, ischemic heart disease, valvular heart disease and cardiomyopathy)

Services we offer

The cardiovascular obstetric program at Allina Health Minnesota Perinatal Physicians offers a comprehensive range of services that includes:

  • shared consultations with providers for seamless counseling and plan creation
  • dedicated maternal care coordinators involved in all patient interactions and plan creation
  • pharmacy services by a dedicated team pharmacist
  • consultations with electrophysiologists, cardiac surgeons, valve specialists and anesthesiologists
  • social worker support services
  • prenatal care by MPP physicians and advanced practice nurses (visits and delivery planning)
  • high-level obstetric ultrasound and fetal cardiology for imaging, as well as fetal testing capabilities
  • labor and delivery services in our Mother Baby centers and cardiovascular intensive care unit, when necessary
  • complex cardiac imaging services
  • care for infants in our neonatal intensive care unit
  • postpartum hypertension clinic services

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How to connect

You will need a referral from your primary obstetric care team to see meet with our team. Please contact us directly if you have questions about our program or need more information. We welcome your call.

What to expect

When we receive a referral from your provider, we will schedule your first visit. You will also speak with a care coordinator prior to your first visit.

During your first visit, you will:

  • meet with a nurse to review your health history and identify questions you have for the team
  • consult with our maternal fetal medicine specialist, cardiologist, pharmacist and care coordinator in a shared meeting (virtual or in person)
  • meet with a genetic counselor, if needed
  • have an ultrasound test, if needed

Together, you and your team develop your care plan. Frequent review of your care plan allows for recommendations and adjustments as needed.

First published: 7/1/2024
Last reviewed: 7/1/2024