Who Is at Risk for Peripartum Cardiomyopathy?

Q:

What disease, habit or lifestyle may cause peripartum cardiomyopathy?

A:

Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a subtype of dilated cardiomyopathy. The disease is considered as deterioration in the function of the heart presenting between the last month of pregnancy and up to six months postpartum. In PPCM, left ventricular ejection fraction decreases and the heart does not work well. Patients may also develop congestive heart failure and are at higher risk of atrial and ventricular arrhythmias and blood clots. In short, the heart fails to pump adequate volume of blood to meet the need of other organs.

People involved in one or more of the following conditions are more likely to develop the PPCM.

Premature delivery medications

Multiple pregnancies

Diabetes

Obesity

High blood pressure

Smoking

Alcoholism

Malnutrition

Having other heart diseases including myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle)

Being over the age of 30

African-American descent

 

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