Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a rare form of pregnancy-associated heart failure and is considered to be a diagnosis of exclusion. There are many hypotheses on the aetiology of PPCM; however, the exact pathophysiological mechanism remains unknown. It shows many resemblances to other conditions, such as familial dilated cardiomyopathy or myocarditis, and therefore it can be hard to make a definite diagnosis.

We describe four cases of peripartum-onset heart failure in women who were suspected of having PPCM. We discuss the differential diagnosis, pathophysiological mechanisms and various diagnostic modalities.

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Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1136/heartjnl-2018-314252, hdl.handle.net/1765/117830
Journal Heart
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Baris, L, Cornette, J.M.J, Johnson, M.R, Sliwa, K, & Roos-Hesselink, J.W. (2019). Peripartum cardiomyopathy: disease or syndrome?. Heart, 105(5), 357–362. doi:10.1136/heartjnl-2018-314252