Webinar: California Maternal Quality Toolkit on Cardiovascular Disease in Pregnancy
Download the CVD Toolkit

About CVD 

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of maternal mortality in California and the United States. An in-depth review of maternal deaths in California found that only a small fraction of the women who died had a known diagnosis of CVD prior to their death. Most women had complained of symptoms either during pregnancy or shortly after childbirth, yet heart disease was not diagnosed. The review determined that 25% of the deaths were preventable if women’s symptoms had been promptly assessed, diagnosed and treated.
A high proportion of pregnant women experience short- and long-term morbidity due to undiagnosed or delayed diagnosis of cardiac disease in pregnancy. Women who have had pregnancy complications such as high blood pressure or diabetes are at greater risk to develop long-term cardiovascular health problems as they age. As well, women who develop symptoms of heart disease in pregnancy are unaware of their implication or have difficulties obtaining appropriate assessment.
To address these issues, the Improving Health Care Response to Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) in Pregnancy and Postpartum Toolkit was developed to serve as a resource for obstetrics, primary care and emergency medicine providers who interact with women during prenatal, intrapartum and postpartum periods. 
KEY ELEMENTS of the Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) in Pregnancy and Postpartum Toolkit include

  • an algorithm for clinicians to assess symptomatic or high-risk pregnant and postpartum women 
  • clinician and facility-level resources needed to care for women with congenital / other CVD 
  • clinician guide to contraception counseling for women with CVD
  • appropriate choice of CVD medications during pregnancy and while breastfeeding
  • racial and ethnic disparities in CVD prevention and diagnosis
  • Patient information and infographics covering signs and symptoms of CVD, future CVD risk and long-term health issues, patient education on contraceptive options and planning a pregnancy with known CVD. 

Download the CVD Toolkit

The Toolkit was developed by the CMQCC Cardiovascular Disease in Pregnancy and Postpartum Task Force, co-chaired by Afshan Hameed, MD (University of California, Irvine) and Christine H. Morton, PhD (CMQCC). Funding was graciously provided by Federal Title V MCH block grant funding from the California Department of Public Health, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division and Stanford University. 

To download the toolkit, please visit CMQCC’s website or the California Department of Public Health, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division’s website.

This webinar will introduce the latest in a series of maternal quality toolkits from California — focused on improving health care response to cardiovascular disease in pregnancy and postpartum. 


Dr. Afshan Hameed, co-chair of the volunteer task force convened by the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative, CMQCC. Dr. Hameed is a board-certified cardiologist and maternal fetal medicine specialist at UC Irvine and longtime CMQCC volunteer.


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For more information about the Toolkit, please email info@cmqcc.org or call CMQCC at 650-725-6108.