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Peripartum cardiomyopathy: case report and literature review.
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PMID:  11828143     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Peripartum cardiomyopathy is an unusual and uncommon form of dilated cardiomyopathy that is often fatal to young women. Fetal outcome, however, is quite good. The disease occurs in 250-1350 women each year in the United States. Myocarditis of viral, immunologic, or idiopathic etiology has been suggested. Diagnostic findings are consistent with congestive heart failure. Primary therapy consists of bed rest, sodium and fluid restriction, vasodilators, digoxin, and diuretics. Refractory cases can be treated with cardiac transplantation. Selected patients require anticoagulation. Prognosis depends on 6-month recovery of left ventricular function. It is important to emphasize that functional recovery does not denote total recovery of cardiac function; this is critical in terms of future pregnancies. This article presents the case of a young woman with peripartum cardiomyopathy and a review of the literature. (c)2001 by CHF, Inc.
Authors:
S J Skaluba; D M Berkson
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Congestive heart failure (Greenwich, Conn.)     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1751-7133     ISO Abbreviation:  Congest Heart Fail     Publication Date:    2001 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-Feb-5     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9714174     Medline TA:  Congest Heart Fail     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  88-92     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Department of Medicine, Saint Joseph Hospital/Catholic Health Partners, Affiliate of Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL 60657.
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