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Piedmont Launches Innovative Cardio-Obstetrics Program

Atlanta, Ga. (November 14, 2023) – Piedmont has introduced a multidisciplinary cardio-obstetrics program to support women who would benefit from specialized cardiac care before, during, and after pregnancy. This patient population might include women who have pre-existing heart conditions, have had prior cardiac interventions, or have a history of adverse pregnancy outcomes such as hypertensive disorders during pregnancy, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, or peripartum cardiomyopathy.

Cardiologists Sara Mobasseri, M.D., Jyoti Sharma, M.D., medical director of Piedmont’s Women’s Heart Program, and Tina Varghese, M.D., will lead the new cardio-obstetrics program from Piedmont Heart of Buckhead at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. They will partner with maternal-fetal medicine specialists, OB-GYNs, and anesthesiologists to develop an optimized care plan for patients. Comprehensive care through this program would include a risk assessment and diagnostic evaluations, access to advanced imaging modalities, increased monitoring and education, and ongoing management of cardiovascular conditions.

“Our Women’s Heart Team is dedicated to providing specialized, comprehensive cardiovascular care for all women in Georgia, and now we are especially looking forward to helping make a positive difference in the lives of moms and moms to be in our local communities,” said Dr. Sharma. “We believe this program will help to fulfill an important role in the community to help reduce maternal mortality and to improve outcomes for pregnant people in metro Atlanta and, hopefully, throughout the state.”

Piedmont’s cardio-obstetrics program, located in the heart of Atlanta, will address a significant need in the community. Nationwide, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of pregnancy-related deaths. The state of Georgia in particular has some of the highest rates of adverse outcomes, according to data from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The data also shows that Black women suffered the highest rates of pregnancy-related deaths over the last decade.

Piedmont’s cardio-obstetrics program at Piedmont Heart of Buckhead is accepting referrals. Physicians may call 404-605-5182 to refer a patient.

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