We don't know what causes peripartum cardiomyopathy
is a rare disease of unknown etiology that strikes women in the childbearing years.
Although peripartum cardiomyopathy
is poorly understood, many similar cardiomyopathies are nutritional in origin," he writes.
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Because certain obstetric complications can have catastrophic consequences for both mother and baby if not detected early and managed aggressively, we decided to devote this Master Class to a discussion of the three most severe idiopathic obstetric complications: amniotic fluid embolism, ruptured uterus, and peripartum cardiomyopathy
The disease, peripartum cardiomyopathy
(PPCM), weakens a womans heart so that it no longer pumps blood efficiently.
Family screening for familial DCM is indicated in all cases of unexplained DCM, including patients with peripartum cardiomyopathy
The study looking into the incidence of peripartum cardiomyopathy
in women who gave birth at a Medical College of Georgia's teaching hospital between July 2003 and July 2008, found that while 55 percent of the women were white, 93 percent of those who developed cardiomyopathy were black, according to Dr.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Maternal peripartum cardiomyopathy
, seen in 1 in 3,000 live births, generally carries a good prognosis, Dr.
It can be due to underlying heart disease before pregnancy or to peripartum cardiomyopathy
In the second presentation, entitled "Caspase Inhibition Reduces Cardiac Myocyte Apoptosis and Preserves Myocardial Mass During Peripartum Cardiomyopathy
in G alpha q Transgenic Mice," it was shown that continuous administration of a caspase inhibitor led to an almost four-fold reduction in heart muscle cell death via apoptosis, improvement in heart function, and complete prevention of mortality in a mouse model of pregnancy-induced heart failure.
However, the three complications discussed here - amniotic fluid embolism, ruptured uterus, and peripartum cardiomyopathy
- are conditions that can happen to otherwise young, healthy women.
For similar reasons, patients with peripartum cardiomyopathy
I had a rare heart defect called peripartum cardiomyopathy