Peripartum cardiomyopathy: Introduction
Peripartum cardiomyopathy: A rare condition involving weakening of the heart in the final stages of pregnancy or within five months of giving birth. The cause of the condition is unknown and patients usually have no history of heart disease. The breathing difficulty associated with the condition is often ignored as a normal symptom in the late stages of pregnancy which increases the risk of potentially fatal complications developing.
More detailed information about the symptoms,
causes, and treatments of Peripartum cardiomyopathy is available below.
Symptoms of Peripartum cardiomyopathy
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symptoms of Peripartum cardiomyopathy
Treatments for Peripartum cardiomyopathy
- Treatment involves taking medications such as diuretics, ACE inhibitors and beta blockers to treat the heart failure. Full recovery of heart function may take years or longer if another pregnancy occurs before full recovery
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Home Diagnostic Testing
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Peripartum cardiomyopathy: Complications
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Causes of Peripartum cardiomyopathy
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Peripartum cardiomyopathy: Undiagnosed Conditions
Commonly undiagnosed diseases in related medical categories:
Misdiagnosis and Peripartum cardiomyopathy
Heart attacks can be undiagnosed: Although the most severe symptoms of heart attack are hard to miss,
there are varying degrees of severity.
It is altogether too common for people to die from...read more »
Heart attacks can be overdiagnosed: Although many people die from heart attacks, there are also
many cases where people fear that they have a heart attack, but actually have something milder.
Some of the...read more »
Rare heart condition often undiagnosed: The rare heart condition called long QT syndrome can lead to episodes of palpitations
and rapid heartbeat.
In rare...read more »
Heart attack can be over-diagnosed: Although heart attack is often undiagnosed,
leading to fatality, it can also be over-diagnosed.
People become concerned that a condition is a...read more »
Rare type of breast cancer without a lump: There is a less common form
of breast cancer called inflammatory breast cancer.
Its symptoms can be an inflammation of the breast tissue, such as with a ...read more »
Blood pressure cuffs misdiagnose hypertension in children: One known misdiagnosis issue
with hyperension, arises in relation to the simple equipment used to test blood pressure.
The ...read more »
Hypertension misdiagnosis common in children: Hypertension is often
misdiagnosed in adults (see misdiagnosis of hypertension), but its misdiagnosis is even more likely in...read more »
Undiagnosed celiac disease in pregnancy harms fetus: The failure
to diagnose the common but less known digestive disease celiac disease (see symptoms of celiac disease)
is linked to...read more »
Misdiagnosed weight-related causes of infertility: A woman's weight status
can affect her level of fertility.
Although obesity or overweight can in...read more »
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Peripartum cardiomyopathy: Research Doctors & Specialists
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- Womens Health Specialists:
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Hospitals & Clinics: Peripartum cardiomyopathy
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Prognosis for Peripartum cardiomyopathy
Prognosis for Peripartum cardiomyopathy:
Prompt diagnosis and treatment usually results in a good prognosis even in relatively severe cases.
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Definitions of Peripartum cardiomyopathy:
Ophanet, a consortium of European partners,
currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000.
They list Peripartum cardiomyopathy as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet
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