Peripartum Cardiomyopathy. “Babies Are Breaking My Heart!”

  • Meenal SharkeyEmail author
  • Natasha Bodystun


Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) affects approximately 1 in 3000–4000 postpartum women in the USA. In other parts of the world, such as Nigeria, the number can be as high as 1 in 100. Risk factors for developing PPCM include multiparity, multiple gestations, obesity, chronic hypertension, pregnancy-related hypertension, age > 25 years old, African descent, and prolonged use of tocolytics. Reported mortality varies depending on the study from 0% to 9%.


Peripartum cardiomyopathy Risk factors Multiparity Gestation Obesity PPCM 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.USACSCantonUSA
  2. 2.Doctors Hospital Emergency DepartmentColumbusUSA
  3. 3.Doctors Hospital Emergency DepartmentColumbusUSA
  4. 4.PGY4, Emergency Medicine ResidentColumbusUSA

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