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Print ISSN: 2522-6614, Online ISSN: 2522-6622

International Journal of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology

2020, Vol. 4, Issue 6, Part B

Peripartum cardiomyopathy: An unusual but significant form of heart failure
Author(s): Dr. Pushpa Dahiya, Dr. Parul Bhugra, Dr. Ashwani Kumar, Dr. Krishna Dahiya and Dr. Shaveta Jain
Abstract: Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is an uncommon but potentially life-threatening condition that should be promptly diagnosed and correctly treated. We report a case of PPCM diagnosed in postoperative period. The patient presented with pedal edema, difficulty in respiration, palpitation and epigastric discomfort. Electrocardiogram showed sinus tachycardia and poor R wave progression. Echocardiography showed severely impaired left ventricular function with ejection fraction (EF) <15%. Cardiologic drugs were given and the patient was discharged in asymptomatic condition. As shortness of breath, fatigue and pedal edema are common in the peripartum period, a high index of suspicion is required so as not to miss the diagnosis. Measurement of natriuretic peptide and echocardiography are recommended to promptly diagnose or exclude PPCM. Early diagnosis is important and effective treatment reduces mortality rates and increases the chance of recovery of ventricular systolic function. The important role of education and counselling around breast feeding and future pregnancy is emphasized.
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Dr. Pushpa Dahiya, Dr. Parul Bhugra, Dr. Ashwani Kumar, Dr. Krishna Dahiya, Dr. Shaveta Jain. Peripartum cardiomyopathy: An unusual but significant form of heart failure. Int J Clin Obstet Gynaecol 2020;4(6):104-107. DOI: 10.33545/gynae.2020.v4.i6b.741
International Journal of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology