Congestive Heart Failure after Childbirth Overview
Another name for Congestive Heart Failure after Childbirth is Postpartum Cardiomyopathy.
What is postpartum cardiomyopathy?
A woman with postpartum cardiomyopathy develops heart failure during the last month of pregnancy or within 5 months after delivery. Postpartum cardiomyopathy is a rare condition that occurs in about 1 out of 2,500 pregnant women. The cause of postpartum cardiomyopathy is unknown.
What are the symptoms of postpartum cardiomyopathy?
Symptoms of postpartum cardiomyopathy may include cough, palpitations, fatigue, leg swelling, and difficulty breathing that occurs during exertion or while lying flat.
How does the doctor treat postpartum cardiomyopathy?
Treatment for postpartum cardiomyopathy may include medications, restricting the amount of liquids in the diet, a low salt diet, and elastic support stockings.
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