Pathophysiology and epidemiology of peripartum cardiomyopathy
Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology Working Group on Peripartum Cardiomyopathy
presenting as a cardiac arrest at induction of anaesthesia for emergency caesarean section.
Because the symptoms associated with peripartum cardiomyopathy
overlap with other diagnoses and normal complaints during pregnancy, her health care practitioner has to rule out other diagnoses as well.
Autoimmune mechanisms as the basis for human peripartum cardiomyopathy
Current diagnostic criteria for peripartum cardiomyopathy
include the following [1,2]:
A modified definition for peripartum cardiomyopathy
and prognosis based on echocardiography.
Someday this may lead to early testing during pregnancy that can identify women who are at risk for peripartum cardiomyopathy
Magnetic resonance imaging in a patient with peripartum cardiomyopathy
Roos-Hesselink pointed out that guidelines published in Europe last year do consider some groups to be contraindicated for pregnancy, including patients with pulmonary hypertension, patients with severe cyanosis, and patients with earlier peripartum cardiomyopathy
and still diminished ventricular function.
He recorded that Rachael died of an acute cardiac failure due to peripartum cardiomyopathy
In a parturient with no history of cardiac disease and no identifiable cause, peripartum cardiomyopathy
should also be considered in the differential diagnosis.