How to define postpartum cardiomyopathy?
Postpartum cardiomyopathy means dilated cardiomyopathy or the deterioration of the cardiac system between the period of the last month of the woman’s pregnancy up to or until five months the period of postpartum.
It is a medical term, and happens to pregnant women. Postpartum cardiomyopathy can also be referred to as pregnancy associated heart failure or peripartum cardiomyopathy.
Women who develop postpartum do not necessarily have a medical history of any heart disease. It can either be self-limiting, or life-threatening. Women with postpartum cardiomyopathy may have symptoms like:
- Frequent urination
- Poor appetite
- Pulmonary rales
- Long pauses between the heartbeats
- Paroxysmal nocturnal Dyspnea
- Swelling or edema in the foot bilaterally
- Hemoptysis or blood in the sputum
Keywords: postpartum cardiomyopathy; postpartum cardiomyopathy definition; peripartum cardiomyopathy