Netherlands Heart Journal

, Volume 16, Issue 12, pp 415–418 | Cite as

A serious complication in the puerperium: peripartum cardiomyopathy

  • M. G. E. Bosch
  • J. G. Santema
  • P. H. J. van der Voort
  • J. L Bams
case report
peripartum cardiomyopathy complications puerperium 


Two women, aged 27, presented with different symptoms shortly after giving birth to their first child. Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) was diagnosed. PPCM is a rare form of cardiac failure occurring late in pregnancy or in the postpartum period. Many women experience dyspnoea, fatigue, and pedal oedema in the last month of pregnancy or postpartum, symptoms which are identical to early congestive heart failure. Therefore, the diagnosis of PPCM requires vigilance. A high mortality rate and overall poor clinical outcome has been reported in a high percentage of these patients. Subsequent pregnancies remain controversial. (Neth Heart J 2008;16:415-8.)


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. G. E. Bosch
    • 1
  • J. G. Santema
  • P. H. J. van der Voort
  • J. L Bams
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