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Peripartum cardiomyopathy: Causes, diagnosis, and treatment.

Authors
  • Ramaraj, Radhakrishnan
  • Sorrell, Vincent L
Type
Published Article
Journal
Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine
Publisher
Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine
Publication Date
May 01, 2009
Volume
76
Issue
5
Pages
289–296
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3949/ccjm.76a.08004
PMID: 19414544
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Peripartum cardiomyopathy is a life-threatening condition of unknown cause that occurs in previously healthy women during the peripartum period. It is characterized by left ventricular dysfunction and symptoms of heart failure that can arise in the last trimester of pregnancy or up to 5 months after delivery. We review its possible causes and how to recognize and manage it.

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