Aortic Dissection Awareness UK & Ireland has launched an important new resource for mothers and those contemplating pregnancy, ‘Planning Pregnancy with Aortic Disease.’
Created by Vice Chair of Aortic Dissection Awareness, Haleema Sadia and Dr. Stephanie Curtis, a consultant cardiologist from Bristol who specialises in aortic disease and obstetric cardiology, the leaflet addresses a vital need for more information on pregnancy and aortic disease.
Building on her own extraordinary personal experience of AD during pregnancy, Haleema has said “I don’t want another mother & baby to have to go through what we did” and that “this was all so avoidable.“
The Chair of Aortic Dissection Awareness UK & Ireland, Mr. Gareth Owens, said, “This leaflet is a fantastic new information resource for women who are at risk of aortic dissection during pregnancy. It will prevent other mothers and their babies from having to endure the ordeal that Haleema & her daughter Ruqqayah faced, or the tragic worst-case outcome, where some mothers and their babies have sadly not survived.
I commend this leaflet to the medical profession as one way in which we can get better at managing aortic dissection, which continues to be a leading cause of cardiac maternal death and more generally, is responsible for more deaths in the UK each year than road traffic accidents. This is a really important initiative that Haleema is leading. It deserves our full support.“