Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) may be difficult to diagnose because its symptoms can mimic those of pregnancy.

A variety of lab tests and imaging tests are carried out to exclude pregnancy-related conditions and measure the functioning of the heart.

Other tests may include:


This document explains the causes, symptoms and diagnosis of PPCM. It discusses the tests and treatment for the condition, and looks at the question of subsequent pregnancies.