Carol Sunnucks developed the potentially fatal cardiac condition postpartum cardiomyopathy
when she had her son, Kai, eight years ago.
Recovery from postpartum cardiomyopathy
in 2 patients by blocking prolactin release with bromocriptine.
Patients with postpartum cardiomyopathy
are at high risk for development of thrombosis and thromboembolism due to pregnancy-related hypercoagulation as well as blood stasis associated with severe systolic dysfunction.
It is important for nurses to be alert for sudden onset or worsening of dyspnea, which may indicate potentially serious conditions including postpartum cardiomyopathy
, embolic disorders, and pulmonary edema (Soubra & Guntupalli, 2005).
(PPCM) is a rare idiopathic cardiomyopathy resulting in left-ventricular (LV) dysfunction and heart failure, presenting in late pregnancy or in the first few months following delivery.
She had postpartum cardiomyopathy
, which is rare to begin with.
associated with maternal cocaine abuse.
Two cases of postpartum cardiomyopathy
initially misdiagnosed for pulmonary embolism.
1]-adrenergic receptor appear to play a role in the pathogenesis of postpartum cardiomyopathy
, Gerd Wallukat, M.
This may enable physicians to use the concentrations of this hormone as a marker for normal transition and, more importantly, to help identify pathologic conditions such as pulmonary embolism and postpartum cardiomyopathy
The authors correctly excluded postpartum cardiomyopathy
from consideration in connection with this result, although the timing of the clinical presentation normally would have included this possibility in the admission differential diagnosis.
Patients who have recovered included those suffering from cardiogenic shock resulting from myocardial infarction, myocarditis, postpartum cardiomyopathy
, ventricular septal defect, refractory arrhythmias, failed heart transplants, right ventricular assistance with implantable Left VAD (LVAD), and postcardiotomy cardiogenic shock (PCCS).