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Peripartum Cardiomyopathy

Sundin, Courtney Stanley MSN, RNC-OB

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: July/August 2014 - Volume 39 - Issue 4 - p 220–224
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000058

Peripartum cardiomyopathy is a very rare, but serious life-threatening emergency. Early recognition of signs and symptoms, along with radiologic imaging and blood work, can facilitate timely diagnosis. Once peripartum cardiomyopathy is diagnosed, a multidisciplinary team can facilitate the delivery of quality care to promote optimal outcomes.

Peripartum Cardiomyopathy is a rare, but serious life threatening emergency that occurs during pregnancy and postpartum. Important clinical features and a case example are provided to highlight what you need to know.

Courtney Stanley Sundin is at Baylor All Saints Medical Center, Andrews Women's Hospital, Fort Worth, TX. She can be reached via e-mail at

The author declares no conflict of interest.

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