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Editorial - April 2021



Dear Members, 

As a working group, we highly value ESC driven projects. In this context, we want to specifically mention an additional analysis in the ROPAC registry (Registry Of Pregnancy And Cardiac disease) which is an ESC EORP registry. Maternal, fetal and obstetric outcomes of pregnancy in 189 women with aortic pathology were analysed. Half of the included women had Marfan syndrome. Four aortic dissections were reported during or shortly after pregnancy, of which 3 in Marfan patients. This is the largest reported prospective study of pregnancy in women with thoracic aortic pathology to date. The main conclusion is that the outcome of pregnancy in this context is good in women who are followed according to the current guidelines. Results were published in Heart.

On behalf of the Working Group nucleus,

Professor Julie de Backer