What are the diagnostic criteria of Peri-partum cardiomyopathy (PPCM)?

Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM): Diagnostic criteria

  • Presentation in the last month of pregnancy or within five months of delivery 
  • Absence of an apparent cause for heart failure
  • Previously normal cardiac status
  • Echocardiographic evidence of systolic left ventricular dysfunction


  • Davidsons Principles and Practice of Medicine 23 edition: 1282
  • Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine 2 volumes 19th Edition: 1562 (2130)

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