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Peripartum Cardiomyopathy


Peripartum cardiomyopathy is a rare but potentially life-threatening condition characterized by the weakening of the heart muscle during the last month of pregnancy or within five months after delivery. The weakened heart muscle has a reduced ability to pump blood efficiently, which can result in heart failure and other complications. Symptoms include fatigue, heart palpitations, and shortness of breath. Risk factors include high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and substance use.