Peripartum serial echocardiographic findings in a patient with life-threatening peripartum cardiomyopathy

Daisetsu Aoyama, Yasuhiro Hamatani, Chizuko Kamiya, Keiko Ohta-Ogo, Makoto Amaki, Shoji Kawakami, Atsushi Okada, Hiroyuki Takahama, Takuya Hasegawa, Yasuo Sugano, Hideaki Kanzaki, Hatsue Ishibashi-Ueda, Satoshi Yasuda, Toshihisa Anzai

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)


A 35-year-old woman was referred to our hospital for the management of acutely decompensated heart failure due to peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM). Generally, cardiac examinations are performed after the manifestation of heart failure in patients with PPCM. Thus, reports of serial cardiac examinations before the onset of PPCM are scarce. In this case, we were able to document the serial echocardiographic findings before the onset of life-threatening PPCM. We found that the left ventricular systolic function was preserved at 35 weeks of gestation but declined acutely after delivery at 38 weeks. Although speculative, these findings suggest that left ventricular dilation might precede the onset of PPCM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3105-3109
Number of pages5
JournalInternal Medicine
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Echocardiography
  • Peripartum cardiomyopathy
  • Predictor


Dive into the research topics of 'Peripartum serial echocardiographic findings in a patient with life-threatening peripartum cardiomyopathy'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this