A case of cardiac arrest caused by peripartum cardiomyopathy

S. Y. Yun, K. H. Cho, H. M. Lee, D. H. Lee, Y. H. Choi

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Many women experience dyspnoea, orthopnoea, and peripheral oedema during pregnancy, and diagnosing cardiac problem is confounded by these signs and symptoms of normal pregnancy. Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a rare life-threatening cardiomyopathy of unknown aetiology that occurs between the last month of pregnancy and the first 5 months postpartum in previously healthy woman. Multiparity, twins, advanced maternal age, preeclampsia, gestational hypertension, and black race are known risk factors. The course of PPCM can range from readily treatable to acutely fatal. We present a lady with dyspnoea in the peripartum period admitted in cardiac arrest as a result of PPCM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)272-275
Number of pages4
JournalHong Kong Journal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2010


  • Cardiomyopathies
  • Cardiovascular pregnancy complications
  • Heart arrest
  • Postpartum period


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