The AB5000 is a VAD that was designed to rest and recover a patient's heart following such events as cardiogenic shock resulting from myocardial infarction, myocarditis, postpartum cardiomyopathy
, ventricular septal defect, refractory arrhythmias, failed heart transplants, right ventricular assistance with implantable LVAD (Left Ventricular Assist Device), and postcardiotomy cardiogenic shock (PCCS).
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.
And many unexplained heart failure cases, including peripartum and postpartum cardiomyopathy
, have responded to nutraceutical support to assist cellular mitochondrial function, which is responsible for the genesis of energy in the heart.
1]-adrenergic receptor appear to play a role in the pathogenesis of postpartum cardiomyopathy, Gerd Wallukat, M.
Wallukat and coworkers sought evidence of a similar phenomenon in 26 women with postpartum cardiomyopathy.
Serum obtained when the women presented in New York Heart Association functional class III or IV with postpartum cardiomyopathy did show such autoantibodies in all 26 patients and in none of a healthy age-matched control group.
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).