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Understanding Peripartum Cardiomyopathy

Authors
  • Arany, Zoltan
Type
Published Article
Journal
Annual Review of Medicine
Publisher
Annual Reviews
Publication Date
Jan 29, 2018
Volume
69
Pages
165–176
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1146/annurev-med-041316-090545
Source
Annual Reviews
Keywords
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Abstract

Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is the unexplained loss of maternal cardiac systolic function in the period surrounding parturition. PPCM affects women worldwide and is a leading cause of maternal mortality. The cause of PPCM has remained elusive until recently. We review here the epidemiology of PPCM, recent findings that strongly indicate hormonal and genetic contributions to the development of PPCM, and implications for the management of women with PPCM.

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