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Peri-Partum Cardiomyopathy : An interesting case study

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Peri-Partum Cardiomyopathy : An Interesting Case Study

F Mone, T McCormick & B Adams

Dept of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Craigavon Area Hospital, NI


We describe the rare case of a 37-year-old Para 3, who after excluding several differential diagnoses had a final diagnosis of peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) based on cardiac investigations.  She is a vasculopath with a history of type II diabetes managed with insulin, hypercholesterolaemia and asthma.  She was a non-smoker who is also morbidly obese and has a history of essential hypertension managed with anti-hypertensives throughout pregnancy.  She has a family history of ischaemic heart disease.  The patient received consultant led care ante-natally due to all of these risk factors and the fact that she has had three previous c-sections

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