For most women, the happiness of new motherhood is unparalleled, and the experience of bringing a new life into the world brings immense joy. The emotions are sometimes so overwhelming that many women overlook the possible dangers associated with pregnancy. A recent study has revealed that new moms face an increased risk of heart failure post-partum. In fact, as many as 900 women are fatally injured each year due to circumstances related to pregnancy and childbirth. The number of new moms who suffer illness or injury after giving birth is also on the rise.
The reasons for the increase in illnesses and fatalities are unclear, but researchers point to a list of common factors, including:
- Blood transfusion
- Acute myocardial infarction
- Cardiac arrest
- Ventricular fibrillation
For women with a high risk for any of the above, the lack of post-partum monitoring can lead to life-threatening results. Studies showed that between 2001 and 2011, the diagnosis of heart failure in post-partum women increased by more than seven percent. Although most complications associated with pregnancy occur before childbirth, about 60 percent of serious complications arising after childbirth are related to heart failure. Doctors have a responsibility to their high-risk patients to provide counseling prior to discharge and monitoring throughout the post-partum period.
If you have suffered an injury because of medical malpractice, please call the New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP at 732-384-1331 or contact us online. We will provide the knowledgeable guidance you need to obtain the compensation you deserve. Our offices are conveniently located in Edison, Red Bank, and Toms River, New Jersey, and we represent clients throughout the state.