Overview

Peripartum cardiomyopathy is a rare type of heart failure that occurs during pregnancy or immediately after delivery. The damage weakens the heart muscle and causes the heart to become enlarged. As a result, the heart can't pump blood pr[read article]

Tests for Peripartum Cardiomyopathy

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An X-ray is an imaging test that uses small amounts of radiation to produce pictures of the organs, tissues, and bones of the body. When focused on the chest, it ca...  More
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An echocardiogram is a test that uses sound waves to produce live images of your heart, allowing your doctor to monitor how your heart and its valves are functionin...  More
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Multiple Gated Acquisition (MUGA) Scanning
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A physical examination is a routine test your doctor performs to check your overall health. It is also known as a wellness check. A physical examination helps your ...  More
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A coronary angiography is a test to find out if you have a blockage in a coronary artery. Your doctor will be concerned that you are at risk of a heart attack if yo...  More
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A computed tomography (CT) scan of your chest is a fast and noninvasive imaging test that takes multiple cross-section images of your heart, lungs, and chest wall. ...  More
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A red blood cell count is a blood test that your doctor uses to find out how many red blood cells (RBCs) you have in your blood. It is also called an erythrocyte co...  More
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A creatinine blood test measures the level of creatinine in the blood. Creatinine is a waste product that forms when creatine breaks down. Creatine is a substance f...  More
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Electrolyte Panel
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An arteriogram is a procedure that produces an image of your arteries. Your doctor will use dye (called contrast material) and X-rays to observe the flow of blood t...  More
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A computerized tomography scan (CT or CAT scan) is a series of cross-sectional X-ray images of your body. CT scans are used to examine your bones and soft tissues f...  More
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An ultrasound scan is a medical test that uses high-frequency sound waves to capture live images from the inside of your body. The technology is similar to that use...  More
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An electrocardiogram (also known as an ECG or EKG) is a simple, painless test that measures your heart's electrical activity. Every heartbeat is triggered by a...  More
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Medical Procedures for Peripartum Cardiomyopathy

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Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) helps support the heart and/or lungs. It is most often used for critically ill infants with heart or lung disorders. Chil...  More
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Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumping
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Surgical Procedures for Peripartum Cardiomyopathy

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A heart transplant replaces your injured or diseased heart with a healthy donor heart. It is a major medical procedure.Transplants are usually reserved for those wi...  More
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Heart failure is one of the most difficult diseases to treat. The left ventricle of your heart is the main pump that pushes blood throughout your body. If there is ...  More
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Prescribed Medications for Peripartum Cardiomyopathy

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DIGOXIN (di JOX in) is used to treat congestive heart failure and heart rhythm problems.  More
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CARVEDILOL (KAR ve dil ol) is a beta-blocker. Beta-blockers reduce the workload on the heart and help it to beat more regularly. This medicine is used to treat high...  More
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METOPROLOL (me TOE proe lole) is a beta-blocker. Beta-blockers reduce the workload on the heart and help it to beat more regularly. This medicine is used to treat h...  More
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HYDRALAZINE (hye DRAL a zeen) is a type of vasodilator. It relaxes blood vessels, increasing the blood and oxygen supply to your heart. This medicine is used to tre...  More
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ENALAPRIL (e NAL a pril) is an ACE inhibitor. This medicine is used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure.  More
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ATENOLOL (a TEN oh lole) is a beta-blocker. Beta-blockers reduce the workload on the heart and help it to beat more regularly. This medicine is used to treat high b...  More
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CAPTOPRIL (KAP toe pril) is an ACE inhibitor. This medicine is used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. It is used to treat heart damage after a heart a...  More
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FUROSEMIDE (fyoor OH se mide) is a diuretic. It helps you make more urine and to lose salt and excess water from your body. This medicine is used to treat high bloo...  More
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SPIRONOLACTONE (speer on oh LAK tone) is a diuretic. It helps you make more urine and to lose excess water from your body. This medicine is used to treat high blood...  More
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PROPRANOLOL (proe PRAN oh lole) is a beta-blocker. Beta-blockers reduce the workload on the heart and help it to beat more regularly. This medicine is used to treat...  More
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AMLODIPINE (am LOE di peen) is a calcium-channel blocker. It affects the amount of calcium found in your heart and muscle cells. This relaxes your blood vessels, wh...  More
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LISINOPRIL (lyse IN oh pril) is an ACE inhibitor. This medicine is used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. It is also used to protect the heart immedia...  More
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SOTALOL (SOE ta lole) is a beta-blocker. Beta-blockers reduce the workload on the heart and help it to beat more regularly. This medicine is used to treat patients ...  More
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BISOPROLOL (bis OH proe lol) is a beta-blocker. Beta-blockers reduce the workload on the heart and help it to beat more regularly. This medicine is used to treat hi...  More
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LABETALOL (la BET a lole) is a beta-blocker. Beta-blockers reduce the workload on the heart and help it to beat more regularly. This medicine is used to treat high ...  More
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RAMIPRIL (ra MI pril) is an ACE inhibitor. This medicine is used to prevent a heart attack, stroke, or other vascular event in people who are at high risk. It is al...  More
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HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE (hye droe klor oh THYE a zide) is a diuretic. It increases the amount of urine passed, which causes the body to lose salt and water. This medici...  More
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PERINDOPRIL (per IN doe pril) is an ACE inhibitor. This medicine is used to treat high blood pressure. This medicine is also used in patients with coronary artery d...  More
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ESMOLOL is a beta-blocker. Beta-blockers reduce the workload on the heart and help it to beat more regularly. This medicine is used to slow down a fast heart rate a...  More
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QUINAPRIL (KWIN a pril) is an ACE inhibitor. This medicine is used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure.  More
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PINDOLOL (PIN doe lole) is a beta-blocker. Beta-blockers reduce the workload on the heart and help it to beat more regularly. This medicine is used to treat high bl...  More
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FOSINOPRIL (foe SIN oh pril) is an ACE inhibitor. This medicine is used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure.  More
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NADOLOL (nay DOE lole) is a beta-blocker. Beta-blockers reduce the workload on the heart and help it to beat more regularly. This medicine is used to treat high blo...  More
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BENAZEPRIL (ben AY ze pril) is an ACE inhibitor. This medicine is used to treat high blood pressure.  More
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ACEBUTOLOL (a se BYOO toe lole) is a beta-blocker. Beta-blockers reduce the workload on the heart and help it to beat more regularly. This medicine is used to treat...  More
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TRANDOLAPRIL (tran DOLE a pril) is an ACE inhibitor. This medicine is used to treat high blood pressure. It is also used to treat patients who have heart failure fo...  More
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BETAXOLOL (be TAX oh lol) is a beta-blocker. Beta-blockers reduce the workload on the heart and help it to beat more regularly. This medicine is used to treat high ...  More
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PENBUTOLOL (pen BYOO toe lole) is a beta-blocker. Beta-blockers reduce the workload on the heart and help it to beat more regularly. This medicine is used to treat ...  More
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MOEXIPRIL (moe EX i pril) is an ACE inhibitor. This medicine is used to treat high blood pressure.  More
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Self Care for Peripartum Cardiomyopathy

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Bed Rest
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