HOPE Study

Saint Luke’s is expanding its national influence and life-saving heart care with the development of the Heart Outcomes in Pregnancy Expectations (HOPE) Study for Mom and Baby.

Addressing maternal mortality in America

The rate of maternal mortality is on the rise in the United States. While we know how to prevent and treat cardiovascular and coronary disease, the short- and long-term effects of heart disease in pregnant women are still not fully known. Deaths from cardiovascular disease are among the most preventable, and the world-renowned cardiologists at Saint Luke’s are on a mission to help solve this crisis through the work of the Heart Outcomes in Pregnancy Expectations (HOPE) Study for Mom and Baby.

Learn more about our Heart Conditions in Pregnancy program.

There is HOPE

The HOPE Study will collect and analyze the data necessary to better understand the best care approach and develop risk identification and treatment options to achieve better outcomes for pregnant women with heart conditions. The pilot phase of the study will exclusively focus on Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City in Kansas City, Missouri.

Our vision is to expand the HOPE Study to interested medical providers in the U.S., making it a multi-site, multidisciplinary registry. The eventual goal is to partner with hundreds of cardiologists and OB-GYNs across the country in monitoring thousands of pregnant women with heart disease so that standardized-care protocols can be developed and better outcomes can be achieved for this important at-risk population.


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For Physicians

The pilot phase for the HOPE registry is closed. If you are interested in future registry participation opportunities, please complete the contact form.


The HOPE Study for Mom and Baby was conceived and created by a team of Saint Luke’s cardiologists, maternal-fetal medicine specialists, and outcomes-research experts to help solve the national health crisis of maternal mortality. 

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The HOPE Study project exists thanks to the generosity of the Muriel I. McBrien Kauffman Foundation, the Victor E. Speas Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, Saint Luke's Auxiliary, and Saint Luke's Hospital Cardiovascular Outcomes Research.

Charitable gifts can help recruit collaborating partners, establish new standards of care, and reverse the nation’s rising rate of maternal mortality. If you'd like to make a donation, please contact Saint Luke's Foundation at 816-932-2252.


Anthony Magalski, MD

Advanced Heart Failure/Transplant Cardiology, Cardiology