Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM)

Peripartum cardiomyopathy is a rare type of cardiomyopathy which occurs during the last month of pregnancy, or in the first few months afterwards.

It is similar to dilated cardiomyopathy, in that it affects the left ventricle. It causes the heart to become enlarged and weakened, resulting in it not pumping blood properly.

Peripartum cardiomyopathy is serious, but around 70% of women recover by 1 year following diagnosis (based on their ejection fraction, rather than their symptoms).

For further information (including symptoms and treatment) on peripartum cardiomyopathy, click on the following link to the CardiomyopathyUK website - peripartum cardiomyopathy page CardiomyopathyUK website

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