What is it about?

Extending from her Heart of Soweto and Heart of Africa Studies, Sliwa investigated late maternal mortality rates and uncovered a flaw in the 42-day reporting period which was leading to gaps in care and fragmented provision.

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Why is it important?

Sliwa's 2016 paper in the Lancet, showed how the standard 42-day reporting period for maternal deaths related to cardiovascular conditions was leading to missed opportunities to protect women from risk.


This seems such an obvious loophole but there doesn't appear to be much willingness to tackle the problem. Raising awareness of the limitations of applying the 42-day reporting period to women with heart disease (and also post-partum depression leading to suicide) is a worthy cause.

Judith Ozkan

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This page is a summary of: Late Maternal Death due to Cardiovascular Disease, European Heart Journal, June 2018, Oxford University Press (OUP), DOI: 10.1093/eurheartj/ehy279.
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