prognosis of peripartum cardiomyopathy

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  • a few patients die in the acute phase
  • most patients improve - although the timing of improvement varies between patients
  • maternal mortality rates range widely, from 0% to 30%, depending on the ethnic background and geographic region (1)
    • just under half of women experience myocardial recovery
  • further pregnancies are contraindicated while cardiac function remains abnormal
  • relapse in subsequent pregnancies is not invariable


  • Karen Sliwa, Johann Bauersachs, Zolt Arany, Timothy F Spracklen, Denise Hilfiker-Kleiner, Peripartum cardiomyopathy: from genetics to management, European Heart Journal, 2021;, ehab458.

Last edited 08/2021 and last reviewed 08/2021