Who does it affect?

Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is pregnancy related and affects women towards the end of pregnancy or in the first few months after delivery. It affects the heart’s ability to pump properly. 

PPCM is rare, affecting between one in 5,000 and one in 10,000 births, and may come on in women who have previously not had heart disease.

There is evidence that PPCM is becoming more common, perhaps due to more awareness of the disease, the increasing age of mothers, and more multiple pregnancies.

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.