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A 26-year-old female asked:

Right after i had my baby 2yr ago, within the first 2 weeks i had heart palpitations. could i have had peripartum cardiomyopathy? can it just disappea

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Elvia Greathouse
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Not uncommon: Occasional heart palpitations are actually quite common in young healthy women, and usually do not signal underlying cardiac conditions as long as brief and infrequent. It's not likely to be cardiomyopathy, as you most likely would have had other symptoms such as shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain or tightness. If you have persistent symptoms, see your doctor for evaluation.
Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 33 years experience
Unlikely: Palpitations are common during and right after pregnancy. Peripartum cardiomyopathy is a serious disorder usually manifest by symptoms of heart failure. If you have concerns, make an appointment with your doctor to determine if any further testing is required at this time.

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