Peripartum Cardiomyopathy

Authors

  • Md Abdul Mahid Khan Assistant Professor, Department of Cardiology Bangladesh Institute of Health Science & Hospital, Dhaka
  • Hasina Banoo Advisor, Department of Cardiology Bangladesh Institute of Health Science & Hospital, Dhaka
  • Sheikh Salahuddin Ahmed Professor & Head of Department of Internal Medicine Bangladesh Institute of Health Science & Hospital, Dhaka

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/medtoday.v25i2.17930

Keywords:

Peripartum Cardiomyopathy, Echocardiography, Respiratory Distress

Abstract

Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is an idiopathic cardiomyopathy that presents with heart failure secondary to left ventricular systolic dysfunction. Onset is from the last trimester of pregnancy to 5 months postpartum. Diagnosis in the last trimester is complicated by the fact that the early symptoms of this disorder may mimic the symptoms of normal pregnancy. However, it is essential for the practitioner dealing with such population to have a high degree of clinical suspicion for early diagnosis and management. Echocardiography is used to diagnose this entity and monitor the therapy. We present a case report of a 40-year-old woman who presented two days post-partum with respiratory distress and early echocardiography helped in diagnosing PPCM. The aim of this report is to make health professionals aware of the possibilities of PPCM in a woman with dyspnoea in the postpartum period.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3329/medtoday.v25i2.17930

Medicine Today 2013 Vol.25(2): 96-98

Downloads

Download data is not yet available.
Abstract
698
PDF
537

Downloads

Published

2014-02-10

How to Cite

Khan, M. A. M., Banoo, H., & Ahmed, S. S. (2014). Peripartum Cardiomyopathy. Medicine Today, 25(2), 96–98. https://doi.org/10.3329/medtoday.v25i2.17930

Issue

Section

Case Reports