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- Received May 20, 2014
- Revision received June 17, 2014
- Accepted July 1, 2014
- Published online October 14, 2014.
- Uri Elkayam, MD∗ ()
- Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California
- ↵∗Reprint requests and correspondence:
Dr. Uri Elkayam, MD, Department of Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Southern California/Los Angeles County, Medical Center, 2020 Zonal Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90033.
Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a pregnancy-associated myocardial disease with marked left ventricular systolic dysfunction. Although this condition can lead to major complications, including severe heart failure, arrhythmias, thromboembolic events, and death, the majority of women with this condition demonstrate a complete or partial recovery. Many of these women desire to become pregnant again and are concerned regarding the safety of additional pregnancies. The purpose of this paper is to review the available information related to subsequent pregnancies in women with a history of PPCM in an attempt to reach conclusions regarding the risk of such pregnancies in this group of patients.
Dr. Elkayam has reported that he has no relationships relevant to the contents of this paper to disclose.
- Received May 20, 2014.
- Revision received June 17, 2014.
- Accepted July 1, 2014.
- American College of Cardiology Foundation
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