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Overview of Peripartum Cardiomyopathy

Peripartum Cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a very rare condition that causes women to have serious heart problems during pregnancy or shortly after giving birth.

PPCM weakens a woman's heart so that it no longer pumps blood efficiently. The disease is relatively rare, affecting about one in 3,000 to 4,000 previously healthy American women.

Although doctors still aren't sure what causes peripartum cardiomyopathy, researchers at Intermountain Medical Center have discovered genetic markers that predict higher risk for the disease.

Peripartum Cardiomyopathy in Depth

Treatments for Peripartum Cardiomyopathy

Your doctor will discuss your treatment options with you. Most PPCM patients are treated with heart medicines, but about 10 percent require a heart transplant or ventricular assist device. Cardiologists, heart failure specialists, obstetricians and pediatricians work closely together to ensure the health of mother and baby.

Services and Programs

Patients with peripartum cardiomyopathy are cared for by the:

  • Heart Failure, Transplant and Artificial Heart Programs 

    Our Heart Failure, Transplant and Artificial Heart Programs provide comprehensive care to patients in all stages of heart failure, including medical management, heart transplantation, and artificial heart and left ventricular assist devices.

Research in Peripartum Cardiomyopathy

Intermountain Heart Institute currently has one or more clinical trials that are enrolling patients with peripartum cardiomyopathy. Learn more about our clinical trials for peripartum cardiomyopathy.

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