What is postpartum cardiomyopathy?

Weak heart post preg. Weak heart muscle after pregnancy, cause unknown.
Autoimmune. This may occur last month to 5 mo postpartum. Less than 0.1 percent of pregnancy. High risk with multiparity and age. Half will improve. High risk with next pregnancy!

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What does postpartum cardiomyopathy mean?

Heart failure. Postpartum cardiomyopathy (ppcm) is heart failure secondary to left ventricular systolic dysfunction toward the end of pregnancy or in the months after delivery, in the absence of any other cause of heart failure. Ppcm is a diagnosis of exclusion. Read more...

What are the effects of postpartum cardiomyopathy & marijuana?

Who knows. When it comes to mixing cannabalis with medical problems or other medication treatments all bets are off. There are no studies to guide us in giving medical advice. Discuss with your doctor openly. Assessing potential benefits and potential risks with a physician who knows you is priceless. Read more...

I am a pregnant african american woman, do I have a higher risk factor for postpartum cardiomyopathy

Is there a problem? I am not aware that race alone is a predisposition. Uncontrolled hypertension prior to pregnancy would be a yes, or a pre existing heart condition. Read more...
Probably not. Unless you have a pre existing condition. Race alone is not a factor here. Read more...

Postpartum cardiomyopathy patient of 3yrs, ejection 25. I've been fatigued and today my heart rate is 118. Should I go to the ER?

Yes. While most post partum cardiomyopathy patients recover within 6-12 weeks, you may be in a viscous cycle of developing pulmonary edema and worsening your condition. Go to the ER. Make sure you tell them immediately you have a cardiomyopathy so they order the correct tests. An Ejection fraction of 25% is quite low. Read more...