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Peripartum Cardiomyopathy

Peripartum cardiomyopathy is a rare form of congestive heart failure that develops either in late pregnancy or in the first five months after delivery. It typically involves the left ventricle of the heart, which is enlarged and not pumping efficiently (aka dilated cardiomyopathy). Its incidence varies by geographic location. In Nigeria, the incidence is as high as 1 percent; estimates in other areas range from 1:15,000 to 1:1,300 live births. Most cases involve women of African descent; in the United States, most cases involve black Southern women. However, peripartum cardiomyopathy has been reported in white, Chinese, Japanese and Korean women. This site summarizes some of the research available on this disorder.

Disclaimer: I am not a physician. This site is based on my own personal experience with peripartum cardiomyopathy and my research at a medical library. Please consult your doctor before making any decisions about your health care.

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Last Updated: 4/30/02

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