Postpartum cardiomyopathy: a diagnostic dilemma

Cardiac Imaging; Cardiology
Case Report
10.1102/1470-5206.2008.0005
8
19-21
Postpartum cardiomyopathy: a diagnostic dilemma

Postpartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is the development of heart failure in the last month of pregnancy or within 5 months after delivery without an identifiable cause in a previously healthy female. It is a rare condition, which carries a high maternal mortality. We describe the case of a 35-year-old South Asian woman who presented with dyspnoea, fatiguability, peripheral oedema and abdominal distension. Given the non-specific symptoms, echocardiographic findings indicative of left ventricular systolic dysfunction established the diagnosis of PPCM.

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Editor-in-Chief

Frank Cross
Consultant Vascular and General Surgeon
The London Clinic, UK

Editors

Neil Barnes
Consultant Physician
Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK
Ali Jawad
Professor of Rheumatology
Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK

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