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The Peripartum Anesthesiologist

Munro, A.; George, R.B.

doi: 10.1097/01.aoa.0000479490.49720.74
Epidemiologic Reports, Surveys

(Can J Anesth. 2015;62:237–240)

The frequency of cardiomyopathy during pregnancy ranges from 1 in 2400 to 1 in 15,000 pregnancies. It occurs more often in older women of African descent with multiple previous pregnancies and hypertension or preeclampsia. Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) presents as heart failure near the end of pregnancy with left ventricular systolic dysfunction and no identifiable cause or previous heart disease.

Department of Women’s and Obstetric Anesthesia, IWK Health Centre, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada

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