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An obstetric emergency called peripartum cardiomyopathy!

Author(s): Shaikh Nissar

Journal: Journal of Emergencies, Trauma and Shock
ISSN 0974-2700

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 39;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Heart failure | peripartum cardiomyopathy | postpartum | thromboembolism

Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a rare obstetric emergency affecting women in late pregnancy or up to five months of postpartum period. The etiology of PPCM is still not known. It has potentially devastating effects on mother and fetus if not treated early. The signs, symptoms and treatment of PPCM are similar to that of heart failure. Early diagnosis and proper management is the corner stone for better outcome of these patients. The only way to prevent PPCM is to avoid further pregnancies.
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